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Falcons’ Julio Jones and Deion Jones still rehabbing foot injuries

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Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn says that wide receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Deion Jones are still rehabbing foot injuries.

“(Julio) and Deion are still working, coming off of foot injuries,” Quinn said per Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “So we are going to do, at all cost, with every player always take great care of them. Looking forward and them getting ready. As the practices go, we’ll ramp them up into the space that we need to. Neither of them participated in the offseason program due to their foot injury, or rehab, in both cases. So when they’re getting closer they’ll get more (work).”

Julio Jones did not take part in Falcons minicamp as a result of the issue. He is still without a new contract, but his absence at mandatory minicamp and the start of training camp have been as a result of the injury rather than a holdout.

The 30-year-old is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he led the league with 1,677 receiving yards, hauling in 113 receptions while scoring eight touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Julio, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was originally selected by Atlanta with the sixth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Since entering the NFL, the wideout has made six Pro Bowl appearances while notching a couple of First-Team All-Pro selections, with his best season coming in 2015 when he led the league in both catches (136) and receiving yards (1,871), adding eight scores.

Meanwhile, Deion Jones played in just six games in 2018 as a result of his foot injury, logging 53 tackles, a sack, a couple of interceptions, a forced fumble, six passes defended and a defensive touchdown during the time he was on the field.

Deion, 24, played his collegiate football at LSU and was originally selected by the Falcons in the second round (52nd pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He went on to make the Pro Bowl during his second season after racking up 138 tackles, a sack, three picks and 10 passes defended.