Despite an ESPN report that Falcons receiver Julio Jones is uncertain for Thursday night’s game against the Saints, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn anticipates his best player being on the field.
Jones, who has been battling a hamstring injury, caught five passes for 67 yards in Sunday’s win over Washington.
So far, Atlanta has been encouraged by how Jones has responded to the short turnaround.
“We haven’t seen any (issues) yet,” Quinn said. “We went through our walk-through last night and got going today, and he seems to be feeling good heading in. We’re not anticipating any setbacks. ”
Jones later told Atlanta media that although he couldn’t say for certain he’d play against New Orleans, his history of playing through injuries suggests he’ll be able to go.
Jones has 43 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns this season.
“It’s huge for us whenever he can get out there,” Ryan said. “You have to prepare for when he’s in there, and we have certain things we want to get him involved. When he’s not in there, we have to have other guys step up.”
- Sean Payton: Rumors about leaving New Orleans crop up annually, but ‘this is where I see myself’
- Marques Colston reportedly has separated shoulder
- Inability of Saints defense to stop the run contributed to ineffective pass rush