Julio Jones fractured his foot on Monday night against the New York Jets. When the revelation came down on Tuesday that he might miss the rest of the regular season, dreams of a Super Bowl run started to dissipate. On Wednesday, Mike Smith released a statement that Julio was scheduled to have season ending surgery on Sunday. CBS Sports reported that Julio Jones leads the NFL with 41 catches.
The loss of Julio Jones certainly proves that nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. For Atlanta, it’s a shame that they never had their full roster intact. With that being the case, CBSsportsline.com reported that Jones wanted to get a second opinion before electing to end his season.
A bigger problem for Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons is that this is his second foot injury in a little over two years.
To make matters worse, Atlanta is (1-4) and trending downward. They do have a bye week to figure out what they are going to do for the rest of the season. Mike Smith stated that the offense will go with more two tight end formations.
The other starting wide receiver, Roddy White is unlikely to play the next few weeks if his hamstring doesn’t heal during the bye week. White began the season with a high ankle sprain and decided to play since week 1. The only problem is that White has been more of a detriment to the Falcons’ offense.
Instead of sitting out a couple of weeks and getting healthy, Roddy White was just a high priced decoy for the Falcons. Now that he’s needed more than ever, he might not be able to go.
The good news is that the Falcons have been in every game this season. Their largest loss was by seven points and they had a chance to tie with a few seconds left.
Even with the record, it’s too early to count Atlanta out for a playoff berth. They are most likely vying for a wild card playoff spot from here on out, but the mediocre NFC is keeping everybody alive early.