Falcons injury report: Younghoe Koo trending up, Julio Jones trending down

There was some important movement on the Falcons' Thursday injury report

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As the Falcons continue their week of practice ahead of Sunday's rematch against the Saints, there was some notable movement on the injury report.

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Starting running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Julio Jones were held out of practice on Thursday after practicing in a limited capacity to start the week. Gurley has traditionally been given one off day this season by the Falcons, so it's worth monitoring both his status and that of Jones tomorrow. They weren't the only ones to be downgraded, however, as tight end Hayden Hurst was also held out after practicing in a limited fashion on Wednesday. On a more positive note for Atlanta, kicker Younghoe Koo was able to practice fully for the first time this week as he is nursing a right quad injury.

Here is the Falcons' injury report from Thursday:

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PlayerInjuryWednesdayThursday
FB Keith SmithKneeFull participationFull participation
WR Calvin RidleyFoot/AnkleLimited participationLimited participation
DE Dante FowlerHamstringLimited participationLimited participation
WR Julio JonesHamstringLimited participationDid not participate
RB Todd GurleyKneeLimited participationDid not participate
TE Hayden HurstAnkleLimited participationDid not participate
K Younghoe KooRight quadLimited participationFull participation
CB Kendall SheffieldIllnessDid not participateDid not participate
G James CarpenterGroinDid not participateDid not participate
C Alex MackRestN/ADid not participate

What it means

Although the Falcons didn't need Jones and Gurley to throttle the Raiders, it wouldn't hurt to have them back for this rematch. Atlanta's offense struggled to get going against New Orleans in the first meeting, and Jones's absence for much of the game played into that. The Falcons' defense is emerging and has proved it can win games for Atlanta, but it might need all hands on deck this weekend for both sides of the ball.

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