Falcons could be without Julio Jones for rest of 2013 season

The Falcon’s 30-28 loss to the Jets on Monday night was bad, but things may have just gotten even worse.

There is a chance that the Falcons could be without their leading pass catcher for the rest of the season with a foot injury, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Jones suffered the injury in Monday night’s game, and received X-rays following the contest, which came up clean. However, Jones had a CT scan Tuesday morning that may have indicated a more serious injury.

Atlanta head coach Mike Smith said that is was “premature” to call it a season ending injury, but acknowledged that “the first diagnosis was not encouraging” during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

The injury occurred on the same foot that Jones injured before the 2011 season, according to a source.

After working out at the 2011 NFL combine Jones was diagnosed with a broken foot and underwent surgery. Despite the injury, the Alabama alum was drafted sixth overall and played 13 games that season.

Jones has a league-leading 41 catches for 580 yards, but the absence will be even bigger to the Falcons considering their previous injuries.

The Falcons have been without starting running back Steven Jackson since he suffered a hamstring injury in week 2, and Atlanta was without Roddy White Monday night due to an injured hamstring.

If Jones is out for the year, the Falcons will rely on Harry Douglas, who is listed as Jones’ backup. Atlanta also has Drew Davis and Kevin Cone on its roster, but will probably look to add another receiver to the mix.

Jones has been the Falcons top deep threat and collected eight catches for 99 yards against the Jets.


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