Jones recorded a team-high 15 combined tackles, including one sack, during Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Ravens.
Even with its Pro Bowl middle linebacker in the mix once again, Atlanta allowed Baltimore to rack up north of 200 rushing yards, helping the Ravens establish a staggering 39:39 time of possession. Jones' presence in the lineup did at least stymie running back production in the passing game, an area that has devastated the Falcons defensively this season. Ravens backs combined for six receptions and 48 yards with Jones active Sunday, compared to 7.8 catches and 63.6 receiving yards allowed to the position per game through Week 12. Upcoming next is a matchup against Green Bay and an emerging Aaron Jones, who has accounted for 591 offensive yards and seven total touchdowns since Week 8.
Coach Dan Quinn confirmed that Jones (foot) will suit up Sunday against the Ravens, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
According to Butt, Quinn relayed that Jones won't face a specialized snap count while returning from an 11-game hiatus, so the middle linebacker should reclaim his usual starting role while not carrying an injury designation into the Week 13 matchup. Jones' lengthy absence has perhaps been the most significant hit to an injury-ravaged Atlanta defense that has seen its performance suffer mightily in 2018. While Jones' return may come too late to salvage the Falcons' dwindling playoff hopes, he could offer a late-season boost to fantasy squads looking to upgrade their IDP options. Jones averaged 8.6 tackles per game and recorded three interceptions in 2017 and was dominant in his lone appearance this season, registering nine stops, two pass breakups and a pick in a Week 1 loss to the Eagles.
Jones (foot) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones was back to calling signals with the first-team defense at practice -- a strong hint he's gearing up to return for Sunday's game against the Ravens. While one good player probably isn't enough to fix the broken Atlanta defense, Jones could provide an immediate return to IDP owners, especially if the Ravens continue to utilize a run-heavy game plan featuring Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards. Falcons coach Dan Quinn is hopeful the linebacker will be cleared to return, but he also noted that the team needs to consider what's best for Jones in the long run.
Coach Dan Quinn is optimistic Jones (foot) will be able to play Week 13 against the Ravens, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Jones was activated off injured reserve earlier this month but has been inactive for the two games since his return to the active roster. Quinn expressed a similar sentiment earlier this week before the 24-year-old was ultimately ruled out for Thursday's loss to the Saints. Jones will have some additional time to prepare for the Ravens after the quick turnaround this week, but there remains no guarantee he returns at all, as the Falcons now sit at 4-7 with the playoffs seemingly out of reach, McClure reports.
Jones wasn't able to advance beyond limited participation in practices Monday through Wednesday, which was enough to prevent him from playing for the first time since the season opener. Though the Falcons brought Jones back from injured reserve ahead of last week's loss to the Cowboys, it's not a given that the star middle linebacker will suit up again this season, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Coach Dan Quinn has said all along that he won't bring back Jones to play on a "pitch count," so if the 4-6 Falcons' fading playoff hopes take another hit with a loss to New Orleans, there's reason to think Atlanta may consider shutting the 24-year-old down for good.
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