After not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons ruled out star wide receiver Julio Jones and starting free safety and defensive captain Ricardo Allen for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both players missed last week’s game against the Chargers, Jones with a hamstring injury and Allen with a concussion.
Both players also have a recent reputation as “Bucs killers”, after Allen intercepted a pass and broke up two more in the Bucs-Falcons Week 17 matchup last year. Jones has slaughtered the Bucs on an almost annual basis, averaging over seven catches and 115 yards with 11 touchdowns in 16 career games against Tampa Bay.
The Falcons have a few additional question marks on their injury report, including right tackle Kaleb McGary, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, wide receiver Calvin Ridley and cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Jarrett was limited in practice on Thursday, Ridley has been limited with a foot injury all week and Dennard is dealing with a quad injury that has kept him out of practice each of the past two days. McGary just returned to the team after missing the team’s Week 14 game due to a family issue. He must clear COVID-19 testing to play in Sunday’s game against the Bucs, as McGary has not practiced all week.