After playing Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons now have a short week to prepare for their Sunday home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That means there will be one less day that both wide receiver Julio Jones and safety William Moore have to recover from the injuries that they suffered in the loss to the Green Bay Packers. During his Tuesday afternoon press conference, head coach Mike Smith somewhat addressed the health status of both Jones and Moore.
“That was a very physical football game that was played last night, and both Julio and William are guys that are sore this morning,” Smith said, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “Julio has a hip injury, and William Moore has a foot injury. And we’re hoping that both of these guys will be ready to go at the end of the week.
“How much practice time they’re going to get, we don’t know that at this point in time. But it’s our intention to do everything in our power to have these guys ready to go against Pittsburgh.”
According to McClure’s report, Jones appears to have suffered a bruised hip in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game and it’s unknown whether or not the Alabama product has had an MRI done since suffering the injury.
Jones finished Monday night’s game with 11 catches, 259 yards and a touchdown and he took over the league lead in receiving yardage from Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the process.
The Falcons will file their first official injury report of the week on Wednesday and I will be surprised if Jones isn’t listed as sitting out the entire week of practice. The same goes for Moore, who like Jones, failed to finish the Monday night game after going down injured.