The Falcons placed Jones (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday. Just one week into the season, the Falcons will already be without the services of two of their top defensive playmakers for extended time, with Jones set to join safety Keanu Neal (knee) on IR. The Falcons were initially hopeful that Jones was just dealing with a sore foot after he racked up a team-high nine tackles in the season-opening loss to the Eagles, but followup testing revealed that the linebacker required a procedure to address the injury. Head coach Dan Quinn said the Falcons expect Jones to play again in 2018, so expect the team to use one of its two designated-to-return spots on the 23-year-old. Jones will still be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks as a result of the IR placement.
Jones picked up nine tackles and a fourth-quarter interception during the Falcons' 18-12 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday. With the Falcons' only other Pro Bowl defender, Keanu Neal (knee), now down for the season, Jones' on-field leadership becomes even more instrumental for this unit to succeed moving forward. Jones and the Atlanta defense had absolutely nothing to be ashamed of regarding their performance Thursday night, as they held the defending champions to under 250 offensive yards. Still, Jones and his teammates need to quickly recalibrate for a matchup against another potent offense in Week 2, as they'll face a Cam Newton-helmed Panthers offense that boasts an array of weapons.
Jones (strain) returned to full practice Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Jones hasn't participated in practice in a full capacity for more than a week due to a muscle strain, but it appears the issue was resolved well ahead of Week 1. He should be full go for the team's regular-season opener versus the Eagles on Sept. 6.
Jones (undisclosed) will sit out of Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Jones doesn't need to prove anything to secure a roster spot, as he made 246 tackles, 21 pass breakups and six interceptions -- including two pick-sixes -- through his first two seasons in the league. Therefore, the Falcons will be cautious with Jones' workload until they kick off Week 1 against the Eagles.
Jones did not practice Sunday due to a muscle strain, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Jones' muscle strain is what kept him out of Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs and he has not practiced since. Head coach Dan Quinn said Saturday that Jones was day-to-day with the injury, so the Falcons will likely continue to take a similar approach during this week of practice.
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