If you were hoping against hope that Julio Jones would be able to return in 2013, this news will serve as a crudely carved wooden shiv to your hope's kidneys:
Word from a Falcons source is that WR Julio Jones broke the screw that was put in his foot in 2011 surgery.— Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole) October 8, 2013
While I appreciate the physics involved, I was not aware you could actually break a screw in your foot. The fact that this is a pre-existing injury that has been aggravated two years later is deeply troubling. Certainly, at the very least, Jones will need a lot of rest and rehab time. He'll probably need surgery.
JJ is due for a second opinion tomorrow, but the Falcons weren't overly optimistic today for a reason. The Falcons need to brace for a longterm absence at minimum, and with Roddy White also suffering, it's going to get awfully interesting in Atlanta.