Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – The Atlanta Falcons said it was “premature” to call Julio Jones’ foot injury as season-ending, adding that the wide receiver will seek a second opinion Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Falcons coach Mike Smith admitted that “the first diagnosis was not encouraging” but Jones will visit noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to seek a second opinion.
A source close to Jones said that he was surprised by the possibility that he could miss the remainder of the season because the pain in his foot is not unbearable.
Jones suffered the injury during Monday night’s 30-28 loss to the New York Jets. X-rays taken came out negative but Jones had a CT scan Tuesday morning that might have indicated a more serious injury.
Jones has a league-leading 41 catches for 580 yards — second only to New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham — and two touchdowns this season. The Pro Bowler also leads the NFL with 248 yards after catches.
“He’s going to be a hard guy to replace, if we have to replace him,” Smith said Tuesday.
The Falcons (1-4) are already hampered by injuries. Running back Steven Jackson suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 while receiver Roddy White was knocked out of Monday’s game with a hamstring injury.