The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at the Georgia Dome and all eyes will be fixed this week on the injury status of wide receiver Julio Jones leading up to the game.
Jones, who caught 11 of 17 targets for 259 yards and a touchdown Monday night in the Falcons 43-37 loss to the Green Bay Packers, suffered a hip injury in the fourth quarter and failed to finish the game.
After the game Jones didn’t want to talk about his injury.
Julio didn't want to talk about the status of injured hip but said sitting on sideline at end felt like last year when he broke his foot
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) December 9, 2014
Jones, who now has 93 catches on the season, passed Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown for league receiving yardage lead thanks to his Monday night performance.
Jones currently leads the league in deep pass receptions with 29 and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is currently the second-best deep passer in the league when it comes to deep pass completion percentage.
The Steelers defense has struggled to stop deep passes all season, so you can see why Jones’ status for the game Sunday will be watched closely.
As far as other injuries suffered by the Falcons Monday night, cornerback Desmond Trufant suffered a right hand injury while safety William Moore suffered a foot injury. Safety Kemal Ishmael also left the Monday night game with a head injury in the third quarter and like Moore, he did not return.