Julio Jones does not have a designation for Sunday's game, signaling that he will return to the field for the Falcons Will McFadden
The Atlanta Falcons appear set to have their top wide receiver back for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Julio Jones practiced in a limited capacity for the first time in two weeks on Friday, and he does not carry a designation for this weekend's matchup.
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That's obviously good news for a team seeking its first win of the year and an offense looking to attack a young Vikings cornerback group. The last full game that Jones has played was against the Dallas Cowboys, and he looked noticeably pained by his hamstring. Atlanta ruled out two players for Sunday - rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins due to a concussion and defensive end Takk McKinley with a groin injury. Defensive end John Cominsky is listed as questionable for Sunday.
Here is the Falcons' full injury report from Friday:
Here is the Vikings' injury report from Thursday:
What it means
The Falcons will benefit from having Jones in the fold on Sunday. He has just one 100-yard game in 2020, but he's capable of going off in any given game, and Calvin Ridley will also enjoy having coverage rolled towards Jones. Notably, the Vikings ruled out starting running back Dalvin Cook for the game, which is a small break for Atlanta's defense, which will be without Takk McKinley. This is an important game for Atlanta under interim head coach Raheem Morris, and they are near full strength heading into it.