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Julio Jones out against Chiefs

It’s not a surprise, but it does ensure the offense will have tougher sledding against Kansas City.

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Julio Jones has been dealing with injuries throughout the year and has missed multiple games as a result. We’ve been hearing for weeks that Julio is itching to get back on the field—and we’ve seen him fight through ailments countless times to suit up on Sundays—but it may just not be in the cards this year.

Julio is out Sunday against the Chiefs, and last played in Week 13 against the Saints.

His streak of six straight seasons with 1,000-plus yards—hell, six straight seasons with 1,300 or more yards—is likely over at this point. That’s one hell of a streak to begin with, but it’s probably much more important and frustrating for Jones not to be out there on Sundays so he can help the team, which had struggled mightily without him until Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage went off against the Buccaneers. They’ll have to do so again if the Falcons are going to have any chance against the Chiefs, who have one of the league’s most lethal offenses.

If this does close things out for Julio, he’ll finish the season with 51 receptions, 771 yards and 3 touchdown grabs in 9 games, and he’s just shy of 850 career receptions and 13,000 career yards.

Hopefully, we’ll see Julio healthy and available in 2021, but chances are good he’ll still be pushing to get on the field for Week 17 against the Bucs to close out a tough year on a high note. We’ll see if he gets there.