The last thing you wanted to hear today were the words “Julio Jones” and “foot surgery” in the same sentence, but...Julio Jones may need surgery on his foot.
Falcons WR Julio Jones is scheduled to meet in next week with Dr. Anderson in Charlotte to determine if he needs to remove bunion on foot.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2017
The range of possible outcomes here is such that I don’t feel comfortable giving you anything definitive. If Julio doesn’t require surgery, he may just need to rest his foot more frequently in the offseason, manage the pain effectively, and maybe not wear cleats everywhere at all times. If surgery is required, the size and severity of the bunion itself is going to determine how long the recovery takes. For a world class athlete who relies on his feet, as Julio does, it could be months, though I’d still expect him to be good to go for the regular season opener if he goes under the knife.
Julio has dealt with a ton of nagging injuries in his career and is still on track to become the best receiver in Falcons history in the near future, so I’m not going to say anything grim, here. Nicks, bruises, and even surgery are just something we have to learn to live with.
Wait and see, in other words, and try not to freak out. Comfort yourself by saying the word bunion out loud, because it’s a fun word.