Falcons Injury Report: Julio Jones, William Moore Sit Out Wednesday

As expected, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (hip) failed to practice on Wednesday after injuring his hip late in the loss Monday night to the Green Bay Packers. Even though he’s likely to sit out all week, however, Falcons head coach Mike Smith isn’t ready to rule him out from playing Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“He’s made a good turnaround [and] we’re not even 48 hours from the end of the game,” Smith said during his Wednesday conference call with the media, according to Scott Brown of ESPN.com. “We anticipate that he’ll continue to progress as the week goes on. We all know when you have your best players you have a better opportunity to go out and compete, and we’re certainly hoping that the turnaround continues and that we will have [Jones] on Sunday. Julio is one of the most competitive guys that I’ve ever been around.”

In addition to Jones sitting out Wednesday, cornerback Robert Alford (wrist) and safety William Moore (foot) also missed the walked through.

Limited Wednesday were guard Jon Asamoah (back), guard Justin Blalock (back), wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot), defensive tackle Paul Soliai (shoulder) and wide receiver Roddy White (ankle).

Practicing fully Wednesday was defensive end Stansly Maponga (elbow).

  • steeltown

    I have feeling he’ll dress and play, but it’s clear he wont be 100% and might have lingering issues as the game wears on and he gets hit a couple times.

  • dan

    we should all be in the mindset he’s not playing. he’s hobbled regardless. if he doesn’t play it’s just icing on the cake

  • Jason

    75% of Jones is plenty vs our secondary. Bottom line is Atlanta will score with or without him but our offense is capable of scoring 40+ on these guys or playing ball control and running for 200+. If we play soild turnover free football we’ll be 9-5.

  • Jason

    I think we should all be in the mindset that he is playing and more importantly the Steelers should be in that mindset.

  • DB84

    Julio against our secondary is a scary scary thought. Lets hope he is out but Harry Douglas and Roddy can both do damage against this secondary too

  • Jason

    Don’t forget about Devin Hester. They use him in different roles in this offense that can give us problems and we all know about his return game.

  • cencalsteeler

    Danny Smith better bring his A game. Hester against our kick coverage unit is key this week.

  • cencalsteeler

    I feel sorry for Brian Hoyer (Sorry, it’s slow today).

  • steeltown

    Right! He may have had some poor performances these last few weeks, but Cleveland is finally relevant again and very competitive.. and that happened with Hoyer at the helm

  • Big White

    Harry Douglas is the most underrated receiver in the league next to Malcom Floyd. He and Ryan have a great connection and whomever is playing the #3 corner Sunday better get some rest.

  • William Weaver

    I hope Johnny football shocks the Bengals and the NFL Sunday and the Browns destroy them!! Lol

  • Rick M

    When teams don’t get into specifics about an injury, it’s usually a pretty good sign the player will miss a game or two. There’s been absolutely nothing leak out about the injury which is another sign he won’t play.

    Regardless of Jones’ availability, it’ll be a tough “W” in a hostile and amped up environment. It would be fantastic to see back-to-back strong performances from the Steelers on the road. It’s been a while.

  • Matt Manzo

    If Jones does play, is the injury the type that we can re-aggravate?!

  • Rick M

    If I had to guess, it’s a hip pointer (deep bruise with swelling and pain on either side of the pelvis in the waist area). That’s a relatively common sports injury as receivers can land heavily on the turf, or be hit in that area with a helmet. You pretty much have to give that type of injury 1 to 3 weeks to heal – i.e. you can’t do full out running, cutting, etc. as it just aggravates it more.

    But that’s a complete guess. Still, I’d be really surprised to see him play as they couldn’t get him back on the field in the close finish in Green Bay and he isn’t practising.