Falcons injury report: Julio Jones good to go vs. Vikings

Julio Jones does not have a designation for Sunday's game, signaling that he will return to the field for the Falcons

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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:

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Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game status
S Ricardo Allen Elbow Full participation Full participation Full participation N/A
S Keanu Neal Hamstring Limited participation Limited participation Limited participation N/A
DE Dante Fowler Ankle Limited participation Limited participation Limited participation N/A
TE Hayden Hurst Back Limited participation Limited participation Limited participation N/A
WR Russell Gage Shoulder Limited participation Limited participation Limited participation N/A
DT Grady Jarrett Back Limited participation Limited participation Limited participation N/A
DE Takk McKinley Groin Limited participation Limited participation Did not participate Out
LB Foye Oluokun Knee Limited participation Limited participation Limited participation N/A
WR Julio Jones Hamstring Did not participate Did not participate Limited participation N/A
S Jaylinn Hawkins Concussion Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate Out
DT Deadrin Senat Rest Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate N/A
C Alex Mack Rest N/A Did not participate N/A N/A
DE John Cominsky Illness - Not COVID related N/A N/A Did not participate Questionable

Here is the Vikings' injury report from Thursday:

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Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game status
RB Dalvin Cook Groin Did not participate Did not participate Out
WR K.J. Osborn Hamstring Did not participate Did not participate Out
CB Holton Hill Foot Did not participate Did not participate Doubtful
DT Jaleel Johnson Back Did not participate Limited participation N/A
CB Kris Boyd Hamstring Limited participation Did not participate Out
C Garrett Bradbury Finger/Knee Limited participation Full participation N/A
FB C.J. Ham Shoulder Limited participation Full participation N/A
G Dru Samia Wrist N/A Did not participate Out

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.

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