Jones (back) was sent home from Thursday's practice after experiencing flu-like symptoms but coach Dan Quinn fully expects the wideout to play Sunday against the Cardinals, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The illness will prevent Jones from practicing for the second day in a row after he was withheld from Wednesday's session with the foot issue. It's believed that Jones' absence for the first practice of Week 15 was for maintenance purposes more than anything, and Quinn's comments suggest the ailment won't derail the star receiver's chances of playing Sunday either. With another day off to regain health, Jones should be back at practice Friday in some fashion, which would likely erase any lingering concern about his availability for the weekend.
Coach Dan Quinn said Jones didn't practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Quinn's comments came in a conference call with Cardinals media as the Falcons prepare to host them Sunday. He added he expects Jones to suit up Week 15, so it appears as if he's following a maintenance plan similar to a week ago. Last week, he opened with an absence from practice before being limited on back-to-back injury reports, getting cleared on the final one and torching the Packers for eight catches, 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones caught eight of 11 targets for 106 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Jones had three receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown on the Falcons' opening drive before adding a 12-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter. It was a fantastic rebound performance after the Ravens held him to two catches for 18 yards last week. The 29-year-old missed a few plays in that game due to a foot injury, but he didn't appear hampered at Green Bay.
Prior to his limited listing to wrap up Week 14 prep, Jones' activity was contained to an appearance at Thursday's walk-through after no reps Wednesday. Despite getting in very little work due to a foot injury, he was cleared to play earlier Friday by coach Dan Quinn, per McFadden. Jones is thus ready to go Sunday versus a Packers defense that has surrendered 13.5 YPC and 17 total touchdowns to wide receivers in 12 games this season.
While nursing the foot injury, Jones was listed as a non-participant in practices Wednesday and Thursday, though he did at least take part in walk-through drills at the latter session. It's unclear how extensively Jones was involved in the team's final practice of the week Friday, but Quinn's comments suggests that the wideout can be included in fantasy lineups with some measure of confidence. Limited to a season-worst line with two receptions for 18 yards on eight targets in the Week 13 loss to the Ravens, Jones should be a decent bounce-back candidate while moving on from a matchup with the league's best pass defense in terms of yards per attempt and completion percentage in favor of one with a defense that ranks 18th and sixth in the NFL in those respective categories.
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