Julio Jones says he's planning on playing vs. Vikings 

Julio Jones said he plans on playing in Atlanta's season-opener on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Following practice on Thursday, Jones said all he is concerned about right now is "being ready to go" when his number is called.

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Jones is heading into his ninth season and is coming off a year in which he caught 113 passes for 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns.

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