Julio Jones has injured his right foot and will miss the rest of the NFL season. The star Atlanta Falcons player, and one of the best receivers in the league, injured his right foot during a week 5 loss to the New York Jets.
The severity of Jones' injury was revealed by the team on Wednesday. Jones will undergo surgery on his foot after a CT scan revealed a fracture in the same location he injured following the 2011 NFL scouting combine.
Fans feared the worse after watching Jones fall to the ground and grab at the same area on his body that he injured several years earlier.
Before his injury Jones was leading the Falcons with 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns. With Atlanta currently nursing a 1-4 record they are going to be hard pressed to find a decent replacement for Jones. Making matters worse the Falcons are in the same division as the now undefeated New Orleans Saints.
Following Julio Jones' injury Falcons owner Arthur Blank told USA Today, "You know, when it rains, it pours. In this case, we're having a monsoon right now in Atlanta."
Falcons coach Mike Smith says the team is looking at "all possible options" for replacing Jones.
The one positive from the incident is that it occurred just ahead of the teams bye week. That means the Falcons will have an extra period of time to reorganize itself without Jones in the middle of its offensive strategy.
The Falcons are running low on talent with injuries to running back Steven Jackson, and Roddy White, who injured his hamstring on Monday night. Michael Vick also injured his hamstring during the teams match on Sunday.
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