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.

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7 months ago

Now there is 0 excuse. Time to slaughter them with no Julio.

7 months ago

tank time for the falcons

7 months ago

Be ready Bucs. Just because the Falcons are without 2 of their key players means nothing. Those are the games a team plays even harder. Nothing is guaranteed in this NFL. Just look at the Saints last week against the lowly Eagles. I just hope we show up ready and not slighting these guys. Raheem will have them ready.

7 months ago

I smell a trap!