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Julio Jones (hip) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

He'll be listed as questionable. We're unlikely to know Julio's status for Week 16 until Sunday morning. If he can't go, Harry Douglas will make another start opposite Roddy White. Both Douglas (foot) and White (knee) will play.
Dec 19 - 11:46 AM

Harry Douglas (foot) returned to practice Thursday.

He was officially limited. Douglas has routinely been sitting out Wednesdays this season. It has not affected him on Sundays, as evidenced by the 10-131-0 line he put on the Steelers in Week 15. Douglas will be a WR2 against the Saints this week if Julio Jones (hip) sits.
Dec 18 - 11:53 AM

Roddy White (knee) returned to practice Thursday.

He was officially limited. White was just taking a maintenance day Wednesday. The knee doesn't appear to be a real issue, but the 33-year-old's upside is capped by a lack of juice in his legs.
Dec 18 - 11:52 AM

Julio Jones (hip) remained sidelined at Falcons practice Thursday.

Jones is not expected to practice at all this week as he careens toward another game-time call. All owners can do is roster Harry Douglas or another backup plan and wait for more information. Note that Roddy White (knee) did return to practice Thursday.
Dec 18 - 11:46 AM

Harry Douglas (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

Roddy White (knee) was also held out of practice. Douglas will remain a WR2 option if Julio Jones (hip) doesn't return this week.
Dec 17 - 3:30 PM

Coach Mike Smith said the Falcons will decide Julio Jones' (hip) Week 16 status on Sunday morning.

Julio didn't practice Wednesday, and we don't expect him to do so at all this week. He's dealing with a labrum issue in his hip. All we can do is wait until 11:30 AM ET Sunday morning for a decision. We'll continue to provide any updates, but we're unlikely to learn anything before the weekend.
Dec 17 - 2:04 PM

Roddy White (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

It's a new injury for White, who played 57-of-60 snaps in Week 15. White will be a top-25 receiver play if Julio Jones (hip) doesn't return this week.
Dec 17 - 1:55 PM

Julio Jones (hip) is not practicing Wednesday.

Coach Mike Smith said he expects Jones to return this week, but his status for Sunday is up in the air. The Falcons also held out Roddy White on Wednesday, suggesting both could be sitting for rest purposes. Jones should be considered questionable for Week 16 and is shaping up as a game-time decision.
Dec 17 - 1:47 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Falcons OC Dirk Koetter left open the possibility that Julio Jones (hip) misses Week 16.

Coach Mike Smith has already said he expects Jones to suit up against the Saints, but Smith has proven completely untrustworthy on player injuries. "It’s hard when you don’t know for sure if a guy is going to play," Koetter said. "We kind of have to have a contingency both ways. We have some ‘what if Julio plays,’ and some ‘what if Julio does not play.’ ... That’s one of the hardest things about not knowing if one of your best guys is going to go." The picture Koetter paints is one of uncertainty. We're unlikely to get a good read on Jones' status before Thursday or Friday, and it's quite possible he ends up a game-time decision.
Dec 16 - 6:12 PM

Falcons promoted CB Ricardo Allen from the practice squad.

He'll take the spot of Robert Alford, who was placed on I.R. A fifth-round pick, Allen should see time in sub packages.
Dec 16 - 11:32 AM

Speaking Monday, Falcons coach Mike Smith said he expected Julio Jones (hip) to return for Week 16.

Per Smith, Jones has "improved last week to this week." It's great news, but should be taken with a major grain of salt. Smith is consistently wrong with his public-injury proclamations. Jones didn't appear particularly close to suiting up against the Steelers, but he was always going to be up against it on a short week. For now, owners can pencil Jones in for the fantasy finals, but his availability should be considered far from a given. Jones' status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Dec 15 - 2:34 PM

Falcons placed RCB Robert Alford (wrist surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Alford has been sidelined for a month, but the Falcons were holding out hope that he could return. That changed when it was determined he needed surgery. He'll go under the knife on Monday. The No. 60 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Alford struggled as a sophomore, routinely getting burned in coverage. It's not a guarantee he returns as a starter next season, but GM Thomas Dimitroff's roster usually features little competition.
Dec 15 - 2:31 PM

Roddy White caught seven passes for 58 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

He was targeted 10 times, but still finished second on the team behind Harry Douglas (14) in the category with Julio Jones (hip) inactive. White worked mostly against CB Antwon Blake, who was filling in for Ike Taylor on Sunday. White's score came from four yards away in the fourth quarter. He'll be a WR2/3 next week against the Saints, whom he posted 6-72-1 against in the season opener.
Dec 14 - 5:24 PM

Devin Hester caught five passes for 85 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

Hester saw his snaps and usage rise with Julio Jones (hip) inactive. He was targeted six times as the No. 3 receiver, scoring from 17 yards out in the second quarter and then ripping off a 46-yard gain on a screen pass. Even with the fine statistical output, Hester won't be a recommended fantasy play in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 5:08 PM

Steven Jackson rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries in the Falcons' Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

He added one catch for 11 yards. Jackson has been running pretty decently lately, averaging 4.37 YPC over his last three games. He's also found the end zone four times the past seven games. Still, Jackson is mostly a low-upside, back-end RB2. He gets the Saints in Week 16. Jackson rushed for 52 yards and no scores on 12 carries against New Orleans in the season opener.
Dec 14 - 4:54 PM


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