Falcons WR Jones (hamstring) ruled out for Sunday
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will miss his second straight game Sunday with a hamstring injury, interim head coach Raheem Morris confirmed Friday.
The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has missed four games, scattered through the season, with the nagging injury. The Falcons (4-9) are 1-3 with Jones on the sideline, including last Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Jones, 31, has 51 receptions for 771 yards in nine starts this season, his lowest totals since a foot injury limited him to five games in 2013.
He is the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions (848) and receiving yards (12,896) and ranks No. 2 in touchdown catches with 60, three behind Roddy White.
In Jones’ absence, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will be Matt Ryan’s go-to targets Sunday against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5). Ridley was a limited participant in practice Thursday with a foot injury.
–Field Level Media