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NFL: Julio Jones is ready to return for the Atlanta Falcons

NFL: Julio Jones is ready to return for the Atlanta Falcons

All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, who sat out the team’s last two games because of a sprained toe, will play Saturday against the Carolina Panthers, Coach Dan Quinn said Thursday.

“I thought he looked great,” Quinn said. “The last two days, he’s been building to where he can go and do his thing. The thing we wanted to check was can he cut and do the things he likes to do at full speed.”

Jones leads the NFL with 1,253 yards receiving.

The Falcons (9-5) can clinch the NFC South by beating the Panthers if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose or tie at New Orleans. 

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