The Atlanta Falcons are sitting at 1-4 and four full games behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, but there season may soon get a lot worse. ESPN reported on Oct. 9, 2013, that wide receiver Julio Jones has a foot injury that may end up sidelining him for the remainder of the year.
Falcons' coach Mike Smith has said that he was not yet ready to call it a season-ending injury, but said that the "first diagnosis was not encouraging. Jones is seeking a second opinion on Wednesday from Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.
Jones has already said that the pain in his foot is tolerable and he's been able to play on it so he was surprised to hear that it could end his season. The injury came during the 30-28 loss to the New York Jets on Monday night.
The injury to Julio Jones had X-rays that came back without showing any signs of anything severe, but a CT scan done on Tuesday showed a much more serious injury.
"I don't want to get into the specifics about what foot it is," Smith said. "He did injure his foot last night and was able to complete the game. He had a test this morning and is going for a second opinion tomorrow. The first diagnosis was not that encouraging."
Should Julio Jones be lost for the season, it will cripple the offense of the Falcons as Matt Ryan will lose one of his primary targets. Jones is leading the NFL with 41 catches and has 580 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 so far.
Wide receiver Roddy White suffered a hamstring injury in Monday night's game and running back Steven Jackson has already been gone for a few weeks. Kroy Biermann, Sean Witherspoon, and Bradie Ewing are already all on injured reserve and gone for the season.
Witherspoon could possibly return in week 11 if he is healed enough.