Injuring his foot in an October 7 loss to the New York Jets, Jones was placed on the injured reserve list officially ending his 2013 season. Jones had surgery to repair his busted talon in October, has been off crutches since December and is ahead of schedule in his rehab.
Head coach Mike Smith who is in Orlando, Florida attending the 2014 NFL owners’ meeting had this to say about his star wide receiver:
He’s doing a great job with (trainers) Marty (Lauzon) and AJ (Neibel). He’s continuing to progress. That’s a decision [Jones’ return] that’s going to be made by the doctors who did the procedure on his return to play. I know that he’ll get out there as soon as the doctors give him the OK. But he’s progressing very well through his rehab. The return to play is strictly going to be a decision that’s going to be made by the medical staff. I fully anticipate that long-term he’s going to be ready to go.Another bird on the mend is defensive linemen Kroy Biermann. Biermann was placed on the injured reserve list in September after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in Atlanta's Week 2 win over the St. Louis Rams.
An ironman for the Falcons since being selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Biermann has played in all 16 games in every season from 2008 to 2012.
Coach Smith is optimistic when speaking about Biermann's progress:
Kroy has started his on the field work. We’re excited about his progress to this point. I don’t know if there’s anybody that’s worked harder than both of those guys. Mid-season and this offseason. Kroy and Julio have an opportunity to work during the season. They’ve been doing well. Kroy has been running on the field. When I say running, I mean he’s working on the field. So that’s a positive.
There is no place to go but north for these southern birds. The Falcons were downright dirty fowl last season and with only four regular season wins in 2013, these Falcons have their Dutch Hoods off and are ready to soar.
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