Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was held out of Friday’s practice with a calf strain, and rookie linebacker De’Vondre Campbell continues to be sidelined with an ankle injury. The Falcons have one more day of practice this week, so we’ll have a better idea Saturday of what these players’ statuses will be for Monday night’s game.
Paul Worrilow was also held out of Friday’s practice, and we know Worrilow will be out three to four weeks as he recovers from groin surgery.
Justin Hardy (shoulder), Keanu Neal (knee), Brooks Reed (shoulder) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) were all limited on Thursday. For Sanu, his status is an upgrade over Thursday, when he was held out of practice as he continues to recover from the ankle injury.
Dwight Freeney (non-injury related) was held out Thursday, but returned to full participation on Friday. Ra’Shede Hageman (illness) also went from out on Thursday to full participation on Friday. Kemal Ishmael (shoulder) and Grady Jackson (elbow) were both limited Thursday and were upgraded to full practice Friday.
Tyson Jackson (heel) was able to practice fully on Thursday and Friday.
It’s definitely a concern that Julio was held out entirely on Thursday. We will keep an eye on his status for tomorrow. As far as Campbell, the length of time he’s been held out of practice suggests this may be a high ankle sprain, which is very difficult to heal. I wouldn’t bet on him being ready to play on Sunday, and would anticipate that Sean Weatherspoon would get the start instead.