The Falcons' nightmare start to the season may have gotten even worse a day after a loss to the Jets dropped the team to 1-4. Atlanta's star receiver Julio Jones will likely miss the rest of the season with a foot injury, as first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
Breaking: Falcons fear Julio Jones likely OUT for the rest of the year w a foot injury. He's getting a second opinion tomorrow to determine
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 8, 2013
Minutes after Glazer's tweet, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the team said Jones will be out for the year and head coach Mike Smith will address the situation later on Tuesday afternoon.
The injury was described as "a legitimate concern" by an unnamed team source who spoke with Jason La Confora of CBS Sports.
Glazer also wrote that the Falcons are sending Jones to get a second opinion, but they are pessimistic.
More from the Associated Press:
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons could lose Julio Jones for the season after the Pro Bowl receiver injured his foot Monday in a 30-28 loss to the New York Jets.
Coach Mike Smith says Jones, the NFL leader with 41 catches, did not get encouraging results from a visit with doctors Tuesday morning.
Smith added that Jones will see a foot specialist Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., for a second opinion. Jones ranks second with 580 yards receiving.
The Falcons (1-4) lost four-time Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White to a hamstring injury during the game. A high ankle sprain has nagged White, who has only 14 catches for 129 yards receiving.
Running back Steven Jackson has missed the last three games, all losses, with a hamstring injury.
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