It has been a disappointing season for perennial pro bowler Julio Jones. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver has missed four games with injuries, as a poor hamstring has nearly marred his game since the early 2020s.
Jones is out today versus the Buccaneers, and with nothing to play for, Falcons interim coach Rahim Morris has been asked repeatedly whether he will lock Jones up for the rest of the season.
A source said that Jones has no plans to do so.
In fact, Jones received a platelet-enriched plasma injection into his ballet hamstring following a loss to the Saints in early December, a process intended to speed up healing in the area that has given him problems all season. It is also a strong indication that he wants to be on the field again.
As Morris said, “We’ll see what he can do in the last two games.”
Jones is on track for career-low figures this season. He has only 771 receiving yards on 51 catches with three TDs. Thanks to injuries, he did not look like himself.
Atlanta faces the Chiefs and the Bucs in the final two games of the season. No trip to the playoffs is possible, and potentially no reason other than to play, helping Morris claim his job for a full-time job, with Jones still hoping to be out there. PRP injection should help.
The injection aims to speed up healing, using a person’s own concentration of platelets. This usually takes a few weeks to work, making it possible for Jones to be on the field for the final two games of the year.