Jones, Bryant back at prac­tice

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - By Ge­orge Henry

FLOW­ERY BRANCH — Fal­cons re­ceiver Julio Jones has re­turned to prac­tice af­ter miss­ing the first two ses­sions this week with a sore an­kle.

Kicker Matt Bryant was back at prac­tice de­spite an in­jured right calf.

Left guard Andy Le­vitre ( knee) and de­fen­sive tackle Grady Jar­rett (ribs) were limited Fri­day and, like Jones and Bryant, will listed as ques­tion­able. Run­ning back Devonta Free­man ( knee), de­fen­sive end Takk McKin­ley ( shoul­der) and cor­ner­back Des­mond Tr­u­fant (an­kle) were full par­tic­i­pants and will play. Line­backer Duke Ri­ley (knee) is out.

J o nes, a t wo- t i me All- Pro, is the fea­ture weapon in the Fal­cons’ of­fense, but he has just one touch­down catch. He ranks fifth in yards re­ceiv­ing and 12th in re­cep­tions.

Jones’ de­crease in pro­duc­tiv­ity this sea­son has co­in­cided with the ar­rival of first-year of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Steve Sark­isian. The Fal­cons led the league in scor­ing last year as Jones was the only NFL re­ceiver to av­er­age 100 yards per game. At­lanta ranks 19th in scor­ing this sea­son.

Jones has not missed a game this year de­spite back, hip flexor and an­kle in­juries this year. He ranks fifth in yards re­ceiv­ing and 12th in catches.

“We worked a good bit on our red zone and our third down, so we fea­tured him in those roles to­day,” coach Dan Quinn said Fri­day. “He looked ex­plo­sive com­ing out, try­ing to go through the stuff.”

At­lanta Fal­cons’ Julio Jones (11) pushes away Carolina Panthers’ Kurt Cole­man. File, Mike McCarn / AP

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