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3-9, 4th in NFC South

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Plan all along was to have Falcons first-round pick Chris Lindstrom return to practice after Thanksgiving game. Well, the right guard is on the practice field with a helmet for first time since breaking his right foot and being placed on IR after season opener at Minnesota. We will see how much practice action Lindstrom gets. Tight end Austin Hooper back at practice after missing last three games with sprained MCL. No sign of Julio Jones (shoulder) just yet.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn asked if he'd considering pulling Julio, Matt Ryan over the next 4-game block so they won't get killed. “I recognize fair question, but no. Part of playing and competing is going for it in the biggest way. So we'll always take that approach. Now for a player that is injured like Julio (shoulder), but not just him, for any of the players, to make sure, we're always gonna make the best decisions for them.'' Ryan's ankle recovered but he's taking a beating last 2 games (15 sacks taken)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons offensive guard Jamon Brown was candid about seeing quarterback Matt Ryan sacked nine times — tied for a career-high — and hit 13 times in Thursday night's 26-18 loss to the Saints. “Special teams and defense, those two units they played their butts off. Offensively, we have to be better. From an offensive line standpoint, we know that we have to do better. We've got to protect Matt no matter what a defense throws at us. That's our job, to protect him. And we didn't do that tonight.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons starting left guard James Carpenter ruled out for the remainder of Thursday night's game with a concussion. Falcons have had their share of concussions along the offensive line this season, with guard Wes Schweitzer coming off concussion and guard Jamon Brown having one earlier in the season. Schweitzer at left guard now with Brown at right guard.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons have plenty to fix in second half if they hope to keep the Saints from clinching the NFC South on their home field. A 17-9 halftime deficit includes a missed field goal and extra point for Falcons' kicker Younghoe Koo, a missed opportunity in the red zone by the offense, two touchdowns surrendered to the Saints all-purpose quarterback Taysom Hill, and a blocked punt at the beginning of the game that gave the Saints some momentum. Matt Ryan missing Julio Jones (shoulder) on offense.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons starting left guard James Carpenter being evaluated for head injury and questionable to return. Wes Schweitzer, who started at right guard, moves over to left guard. Jamon Brown, who was replaced by Schweitzer in starting lineup, back at right guard.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan will have to air it out tonight vs. Saints without Julio Jones (shoulder) and Austin Hooper (MCL). But Ryan does get Devonta Freeman (foot) back as a threat out of the backfield.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons inactives vs. Saints: WR Julio Jones, TE Austin Hooper, TE Luke Stocker, OT Matt Gono, WR Brandon Powell, DT Deadrin Senat, DE John Cominsky.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons will be without star receiver Julio Jones, who is inactive with a shoulder injury. This will be the first game Jones has missed this season. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will count on Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage without Jones. Tight end Austin Hooper (MCL) also out.

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Falcons' Jones game-time call; Freeman to play

The Falcons' Julio Jones will be a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the Saints, but running back Devonta Freeman is set to make his return, coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones is questionable for Thursday night's game vs. Saints with a shoulder injury and the decision will go all the way to game time, depending on the strength in Jones' shoulder. Jones did not get to test the shoulder against contact this week although he participated in walkthrough, Quinn said. Jones suffered the injury in first half of last week's loss to Bucs but finished game. Austin Hooper (MCL) will miss third straight game. Devonta Freeman (foot) is back

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

So no Julio Jones during the view portion of Falcons' practice that was open to the media as Jones is coming off a right shoulder injury. Falcons have the quick turnaround with Thursday night's game against the Saints. Jones has been a warrior in fighting through injuries, meaning it's hard to count him out just yet. RB Devonta Freeman (foot) did some light work during early drills, while TE Austin Hooper (MCL) worked on the side with the training staff in workout gear, without a practice jersey

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn had no immediate update on Julio Jones' shoulder injury suffered in the loss to Tampa Bay. Jones appeared to injure his right shoulder before halftime but returned to action in the second half and played 49 of 87 snaps in the game. Quinn has not spoken to the medical staff yet about Jones but could have an update later Monday. Quinn anticipates having Devonta Freeman (foot) and Kemal Ishmael (concussion) at today's walkthrough. No word on Austin Hooper (MCL).

Team Stats

Passing Yards295.22nd
Rushing Yards74.330th
Points For21.718th
Points Against26.9