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Falcons’ Julio Jones back at practice, might play Monday

Julio Jones
All-Pro receiver Julio Jones (11) will be ready to go when the Falcons host the Packers in the NFC championship game on Sunday.
(Ben Margot / Associated Press)

Julio Jones joined practice for the first time this week, increasing his chances to play in the Atlanta Falcons’ game at New Orleans on Monday night. 

After being held out on Thursday and Friday with a calf injury from last week’s win at Oakland, Jones was limited in Saturday’s practice. Coach Dan Quinn says the All-Pro receiver is no longer bothered by the ankle injury that slowed him before the calf injury. 

Rookie strong safety Keanu Neal is expected to make his debut against the Saints. Neal, the first-round pick from Florida, had preseason arthroscopic knee surgery and missed the first two games. 

Defensive end Brooks Reed (shoulder) was limited and receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle) had full clearance. 

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Bosa to miss another game

Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa has been ruled out of his third consecutive game because of a hamstring injury. The Chargers (1-1) play at Indianapolis (0-2) on Sunday. 

Bosa practiced only on a limited basis this week. The former Ohio State star missed all of training camp due to a nasty contract dispute, and then hurt a hamstring. 

Star tight end Antonio Gates is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury. He didn’t practice all week.

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Pass-rushing linebacker Clay Matthews will miss the Green Bay Packers’ game on Sunday against Detroit because of ankle and hamstring injuries. Matthews has not practiced all week. Green Bay also will be without Morgan Burnett after the starting safety was ruled out on Saturday because of a groin injury. … 

Cleveland Browns kicker Patrick Murray was placed on injured reserve Saturday after hurting his surgically repaired left knee in practice, forcing the team to sign Cody Parkey to handle their kicking duties in Sunday’s game at Miami.  … The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted rookie offensive lineman Rashod Hill from the practice squad to the active roster and released receiver Bryan Walters.


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