After being held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons welcomed wide receiver Julio Jones back to the field in a limited capacity. Jones has said all week that he would be ready to go when the Falcons take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship.
Head coach Dan Quinn confirmed that Friday. Jones will be on the field for Sunday’s game.
Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder) and wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (foot) were both limited on Thursday, and both were upgraded to full practice on Friday.
Strong safety Keanu Neal practiced fully on Thursday with a foot injury, and he was a full participant in Friday’s practice as well. All three will be healthy enough to play on Sunday against the Packers.
The Packers had a lengthy injury report this week, and seven of those players will definitely play on Sunday. Kicker Mason Crosby (illness), linebacker Jayrone Elliott (hand), wide receiver Jeff Janis (quad), guard T.J. Lang (foot) and linebackers Clay Matthews (shoulder), Julius Peppers (not injury related) and Nick Perry (hand) will all be on the field against the Falcons.
Offensive lineman J.C. Tretter (knee) and running back James Starks (concussion) have been ruled out for Sunday.
Five players are questionable for Green Bay this week, and three of them are wide receivers. Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are questionable this week, as are safety Morgan Burnett (quad) and cornerback Quinten Rollins (concussion/neck). They will be game-time decisions.