Falcons injury report: Julio Jones among four starters held out

A total of 12 key players for Atlanta were listed on the injury report to start the week

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The Falcons got more than a little dinged up during Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints, as they had a number of key players either limited or held out of Wednesday's practice to start the week.

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Julio Jones was among the four starters who did not participate in Wednesday's practice, a list that also includes safety Ricardo Allen, left guard James Carpenter and punter Sterling Hofrichter. Eight other key players were limited in practice. Among those were running back Todd Gurley, safety Keanu Neal, linebacker Foye Oluokun and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.

Here is the Falcons' injury report from Wednesday:

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PlayerInjuryWednesday
RB Todd GurleyKneeLimited participation
S Keanu NealAnkleLimited participation
DE Dante FowlerHamstringLimited participation
RB Ito SmithNeckLimited participation
LB Foye OluokunNeckLimited participation
TE Hayden HurstAnkleLimited participation
DE Jacob Tuioti-MarinerNeckLimited participation
DT Grady JarrettGroinLimited participation
P Sterling HofrichterRight hamstringDid not participate
WR Julio JonesHamstringDid not participate
S Ricardo AllenConcussionDid not participate
G James CarpenterGroinDid not participate

What it means

While the Falcons are well on the outside of the playoff picture, there's still four games remaining. First up is a matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers, a team much in the same boat as Atlanta. It will be interesting to see if the Falcons choose to rest some guys for a brutal three-game stretch that includes two games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one against the Kansas City Chiefs. Then again, this is the NFL, and everyone wants to suit up if possible.

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