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Julio Jones’ brother shot, lost arm

Julio Jones Falcons10 days after we learned that Roddy White’s brother had been shot and killed outside a nightclub in South Carolina, a report says the brother of another top Atlanta Falcons wide receiver has been shot.

FOX 10 TV in Mobile, Ala., says Julio Jones’ 31-year-old brother, Phillip, was shot in Gulf shores on Tuesday. He was taken to an urgent care facility and then transported to a hospital in Pensacola, Fla.

FOX 10 says Jones’ arm had to be removed due to injuries sustained from the gunshot wound.

The suspect in the shooting is 53-year-old George Bennett Sutton, who has been arrested and booked on charges of first-degree assault.

Julio Jones done for the season … and so are the Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones FalconsThe Atlanta Falcons have not looked good this season, and they got even worse news this week when it was learned that wide receiver Julio Jones will be out for the season.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Wednesday that foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson confirmed Jones has a fractured foot. The Falcons confirmed the report and say Jones will have surgery on Monday that will knock him out for the year. This is the same foot that Jones had surgery on after a fracture was discovered at the NFL Combine in 2011.

Atlanta’s offense ranked seventh in the league last year in scoring and eighth in total yards. They’re 13th in the league this season with 24.4 points per game through five contests. To me, one of their biggest problems has been Roddy White’s health. White has been hampered by his ankle and other injuries this season and hasn’t been the same, dominant player he usually is. With White at maybe half strength, and now Jones out for the year, the Falcons’ passing game is done.

Did you see the coverage the New York Jets put on Tony Gonzalez on Monday night? They double-covered him and put him in a double-vice throughout the game. Without Jones around, that will surely continue. The only good news is like Steve DelVecchio told you, Harry Douglas is a good replacement, though few receivers are close to Jones’ level.

Harry Douglas, Drew Davis fantasy players to pick up after Julio Jones injury

Harry-Douglas-FalconsWhile we are certainly hoping for the best for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and his injured foot, it appears likely that the former Alabama star is going to miss the remainder of the 2013 season. Fellow wide receiver Roddy White has been dealing with a high ankle sprain all season and suffered a hamstring injury in Monday night’s loss to the New York Jets. So who is left for Matt Ryan to throw to?

If Jones is done for the year and White is forced to miss time, the Falcons will likely become dependent on the run for the rest of the season. However, it should be noted that Steven Jackson also remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, so the running back position is thin as well. Behind Jones and White, the next two receivers on Atlanta’s depth chart are Harry Douglas and Drew Davis.

Douglas, a fifth-year receiver out of Louisville, is the more experienced option. He has flashed signs of playmaking ability over the years, although he has just 16 receptions for 219 yards in five games this season. He has regressed quite a bit since his six catches for 93 yards in Week 1.

[Video: Jim Harbaugh throws hilarious fit after Harry Douglas catch]

Davis, on the other hand, is in his second season and only has four career catches. Fantasy owners who are desperate for receiver help can consider adding him based strictly on the potential for workload, though he is not likely to make any type of consistent contribution.

The best bet for production is Douglas. He should see a good amount of targets even if White plays, and he would be all the Falcons really have at receiver if White misses time. This is not a good situation by any means, but Douglas holds the most value from a fantasy standpoint.

Julio Jones’ foot injury will reportedly keep him out for the season

Julio-Jones-FalconsAtlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is reportedly in danger of missing the remainder of the 2013 season with a foot injury. The news was first reported on Tuesday by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.

Jones apparently suffered a broken foot in a loss to the New York Jets on Monday night. He is scheduled to receive a second opinion on Wednesday and the team is hopeful the news will be different, but Glazer claims they are not optimistic.

Roddy White, who has been dealing with a high ankle sprain all season long, injured his hamstring in Monday night’s loss. He left the game and did not return, though it is unclear how severe his latest injury is.

It goes without saying that the Falcons are in horrendous shape at the moment. Their loss to the Jets dropped them to 1-4 on the season, and their receiving corps has been completely derailed by injuries. Without Jones, White will be far less effective even if he plays. Without Jones and White, Matt Ryan’s only reliable target would be tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Related: Fantasy players to consider after Julio Jones injury

Julio Jones takes out security guard on sidelines

julio jones securityA security guard standing on the sidelines at the Georgia Dome was knocked down after wide receiver Julio Jones ran into him during the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

The security guard was facing the crowd and did not see Jones coming toward him on the play. Jones was trying to make a catch near the sidelines on second-and-10, but he only got one foot down, making it an incompletion. The receiver’s momentum carried him into the security guard a good five yards off the field. The guard went down after Jones rolled into his lower body, and there was a timeout on the field as a result.

People generally laugh when unsuspecting individuals are taken out in a collision, but this was nothing to laugh about. That’s exactly how people tear knee ligaments.

GIF via The Big Lead

Hakeem Nicks to Roddy White: Super Bowl rings don’t lie

Victor-Cruz-Hakeem-Nicks-Super-BowlSunday’s game between the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons will feature some of the best receivers in the NFL. Back in September, Roddy White made the argument that he and Julio Jones are a better receiving duo than Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. White downplayed Cruz’s abilities by labeling him a slot receiver and claiming that the “big boys play on the outside.”

Unsurprisingly, Cruz disagreed with White’s assessment and reminded the Falcons star that he has a Super Bowl ring sitting at home. Earlier this week, Nicks echoed his teammate’s remarks.

“Numbers don’t lie, or Super Bowl rings don’t lie, neither,” Nicks said according to the Star-Ledger. “So when you get (into) that battle about who’s the best, I think you just let your play on the field talk for you. You ain’t got to be talking with your mouth.”

Nicks and Cruz have combined for 126 catches, 1,656 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Jones and White have been slightly more productive with 140 catches, 2,137 yards and 12 scores. From a talent standpoint, this one is pretty much too close to call. I would personally prefer White and Jones to Nicks and Cruz simply because Nicks has such an extensive history of injuries. He has yet to play a full 16-game season in his four-year career and Tom Coughlin admitted that he will likely never be 100% healthy this season.

Aside from that, the Giants win this argument. White can argue that he and Jones are the best pair of receivers in the history of the game if he wants, but none of that matters until you win a Super Bowl.

Matt Ryan to Julio Jones looking like winning combination

Many fantasy football experts had Matt Ryan and Julio Jones ranked highly entering the NFL season, and the predictions are looking clairvoyant through the first week of the season.

Jones, a first-round pick last year whom the Falcons traded several picks to draft, scored Atlanta’s first two touchdowns of the season on passes from Matt Ryan. The second-year wide receiver was targeted four times on the team’s opening drive and caught three passes for 39 yards, including an 8-yard TD. He was quieter on the team’s third drive as Roddy White caught three passes, but he scored a 14-yard TD.

Jones led the Falcons with 108 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta’s 40-24 win, and he tied Roddy White for the team lead with six receptions. Ryan went 23/31 for 299 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also ran for 25 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons passed 31 times and only ran it 23 times (including Ryan’s scrambles), which is the type of pass-heavy offense many anticipated for Atlanta this season.

Jones had 54 catches for 959 yards and 8 touchdowns last season, so he already has a quarter of the TDs he scored last year. Jones displayed elite playmaking ability last season, but he was bothered by nagging leg injuries that slowed him. He still managed five 100-yard receiving games and scored in each of the team’s final four games, including two multi-touchdown games. Now that he’s healthy entering the new season, he looks like a difference-maker for Atlanta.

One game is too early to make conclusions about teams or players, but this was a great start for Atlanta. Sure, they were going against Kansas City’s secondary that lost Brandon Carr in the offseason and may have a weak pass defense, but Atlanta’s aerial attack looked strong. I don’t think they’ll be able to score at will against elite defenses, but the Falcons appear to have a passing attack that can light up many defenses.