Most of us will never know what it’s like to be in an NFL locker room. Julio Jones doesn’t have that problem. There isn’t an NFL team that wouldn’t add him if they had the opportunity and could make things work financially.
Even fewer of us will have the opportunity to say we’re headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are guys who have had the pleasure of living the NFL experience that won’t be able to say that when their playing days are over. Julio doesn’t have that problem either.
After ten seasons in Atlanta with the Falcons, Jones trades that jersey for one of the two-tone blue variety as he’s now a member of the Tennessee Titans. His ride hasn’t been easy. He’s dealt with nicks in bruises, but he appears to be ready to go in 2021. Let’s take a look at what he’s had to overcome from an injury standpoint.
Julio Jones hamstring injury, October 2011
Jones strains a hamstring in Week 5, a home loss to the Green Bay Packers. He misses the next two games versus the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions. Julio tweaks his hamstring in practice and reinjures it in the second quarter of Week 10 loss to the rival New Orleans Saints in November. He’d miss the next game.
Julio Jones foot fracture, October 2013
In Week 5 of the 2013 regular season, the Falcons lose a home game on Monday Night Football but suffer a bigger loss as Julio Jones fractures his foot. He’s placed on the team’s IR (injured reserve) on October 10th.
Julio Jones hip injury, December 2014
Almost three months after a Week 2 ankle injury during 2014’s season, in December, he suffers a hip injury in Week 14 versus the Green Bay Packers and misses the next game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Julio Jones toe injury, December 2016
December of 2016 comes, and Julio sprains his right big toe on the 4th versus the Kansas City Chiefs and misses the next two games versus the L.A. Rams and San Francisco 49ers.
Julio Jones foot injury, August 2019
June of 2019 arrives, and we learn that Jones had been dealing with a foot injury towards the end of the 2018-2019 season. Again, that didn’t force him to miss any games in 2018, but it does lead the Falcons coaching staff to keep him out of the preseason games the following August. He plays in the Week 1 contest versus the Minnesota Vikings.
Julio Jones shoulder A/C joint sprain, November 2019
2019 is a relatively healthy season for Jones, but on November 24th of that year, in Week 12 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he suffers a shoulder injury and misses the Week 13 game versus the New Orleans Saints.
Julio Jones hamstring injury, Sept 2020/Oct 2020/Nov 2020/Dec 2020
Julio strains his left hamstring in Atlanta’s Week 2, September 20th loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He misses the following week’s game versus the Chicago Bears. He then reaggravates the injury on October 5th and November 22nd. That forces him to sit out of the Week 5 game versus the Carolina Panthers and the Week 12 game versus the Las Vegas Raiders.
Jones finishes the 2020 campaign by sitting out of the final four games following another issue with his hamstring coming out of the Week 13 game versus the New Orleans Saints, causing skeptics to question his future before he lands with the Tennessee Titans on June 6th of 2021.
Other notable injuries where no time was missed:
Say what you will about Jones. He’s a warrior, and no one will ever call him soft. Here are a few other injures to make note of that didn’t cost him any time.
November 2012: Jones sprains his right ankle in a game versus the Saints in Week 10, aggravates it a week later, but plays through it and doesn’t miss any time.
August 2013: Julio sits out of Atlanta’s first preseason game in 2013 with a hamstring issue.
September 2014: Julio Jones suffers an ankle injury in Week 2 of the 2014 regular season, but it doesn’t cost him any games. He plays all 16 games in 2015.
Julio Jones is available for 14 of the Atlanta Falcons’ 16 regular-season games in 2016, but he has to prove that he’s a warrior in order to do so.
Everything begins with an ankle issue that we all hear about in the third preseason game, but that one doesn’t force him to miss any time. A month later, he aggravates it on September 11th but plays through the issue. One week after that, on September 18th, he suffers a calf strain but, again, misses no time.
2017: The next two seasons are headscratchers. The 2017 campaign is arguably one of Julio’s most challenging, but he doesn’t miss any time. Then, in 2018, he seemingly finds the fountain of youth because he’s at his best physically. Here’s a rundown of 2017:
Julio completes the 2016-2017 campaign with a Super Bowl appearance. He aggravates a toe issue on Jan 14th of 2017. He plays through that and then, in March, he undergoes a medical procedure to remove a bunion. He’s medically cleared for the start of Atlanta’s next training camp but sits out of the first two preseason contests.
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From October to December, he deals with everything from a hip strain, to an ankle injury that bothers him in November and December, and a thumb injury in December, but he doesn’t miss any time. Then, as mentioned, he’s as close to being indestructible as a man can be in 2018.
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