FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons announced on Tuesday that they have placed Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones on injured reserve.
“Following the game last Thursday, Deion reported soreness in his foot, so we sent him for further tests,” said head coach Dan Quinn. “We got the results of those tests back today, and he unfortunately will require a procedure that will result in us having to place him on injured reserve. We are bummed for Deion, but we do expect to get him back at some point this season. He represents all that we are looking for in a Falcon player, and while he will not be on the field for us right now, he will continue to have a presence in our building.”
Jones suffered a foot injury in the Falcons’ 18-12 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1. The move comes one day after Atlanta placed Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal on IR with a knee injury.
The third-year linebacker has been a foundational piece on the Falcons’ defense since he was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Jones has recorded 253 tackles, 23 pass defenses, seven interceptions and two touchdowns in his first three seasons.
Against the Eagles on Thursday night, Jones made a game-high nine tackles and also recorded an interception and returned it 20 yards (see below).
The Falcons (0-1) made several transactions on Monday, including signing linebacker Corey Nelson and safety Keith Tandy.