Jones, who was back on the practice field rehabbing the injury, left Sunday’s game with Green Bay after pulling-up lame in the fourth quarter of the 25-14 loss to the Packers.
Seeing Jones on the practice field was an encouraging sign for Falcons head coach Mike Smith – who hopes to get Jones back into the starting line-up for the trip to Detroit in Week Seven.
Jones has been worth every penny – and pick – the Falcons spent to land the freakishly talented Alabama Crimson Tider. Jones, the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, debuted by catching five passes for 71 yards. Recently, Jones put together back-to-back 100-yard games against Tampa Bay (6 rec., 115 yards) and Seattle (11 rec., 127 yard) before the hamstring injury against Green Bay last weekend.
Jones has 25 receptions for 358 yards and has yet to score a touchdown in his very young NFL career.
The injury does not seem serious, so fantasy owners need not worry too much about Jones’ long-term health. However, it does open the door for three-year wide receiver Harry Douglas to take on a much bigger role this weekend against the Panthers.
The much smaller Douglas will replace Jones in the starting line-up this weekend and will have a good shot at solid fantasy production. Carolina ranks 26th in the NFL in scoring defense after allowing 26.4 points per game over the first five weeks of the season. With Roddy White likely receiving most of the defense’s attention, Douglas, who has 11 receptions for 80 yards this year, should post his best game of the season this weekend.