FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Injuries continue to mount for the Atlanta Falcons.
Wide receiver Julio Jones, the team’s most consistent deep threat, has a right-foot injury that might end his season, coach Mike Smith said Tuesday.
Jones will be evaluated Wednesday by noted foot specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.
“Julio injured his foot last night (against the New York Jets),” Smith said. “He saw our doctors this morning. He is going to have a second opinion tomorrow over in Charlotte. The first reports were not encouraging, but we will wait to see what the second opinion comes back as.”
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Although the original diagnosis was bleak, Smith stopped short of ruling Jones out for the season.
Losing Jones would be a devastating blow to the Falcons, who are off to a 1-4 start after reaching the NFC Championship Game last season.
Jones might become the eighth player on the team’s injured-reserve list.
The Falcons already were reeling at wide receiver. Pro Bowl selection Roddy White has struggled while trying to play on a high ankle sprain. He has a mere 14 catches for 129 yards this season after posting six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Surgery to end Bradshaw’s season
INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s season is over.
Team owner Jim Irsay said Bradshaw will miss the rest of the season after opting for surgery on his injured neck. The former New York Giants player was injured Sept. 22 during a game at San Francisco and had been debating whether to undergo surgery or see if he could recover with rest.
The Colts (4-1) signed Bradshaw to a one-year contract in June, four months after he was released by the Giants in a salary-cap move and while he was still recovering from offseason foot surgery.
• The San Diego Chargers signed defensive end Lawrence Guy, 23, who was waived by the Colts.
• Quarterback Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. Sanchez, who hasn’t played since being injured in the third exhibition game, said he was advised by doctors to have the operation after seven weeks of rehabilitation.
• Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola apologized for “unacceptable” remarks he made to the University of Wisconsin band Sunday during a 22-9 loss at Green Bay as his team moved swiftly to defuse an off-the-field distraction.
“My interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate,” Raiola said in a statement released by the Lions. “I apologize to those I offended along with all of the members of Wisconsin’s Marching Band.”
Raiola, 34, is accused of making profane and homophobic remarks to some band members. Lions officials said Raiola called band director Michael Leckrone to apologize and to say he was going to make a “significant donation” to support the band.
In a statement, team president Tom Lewand said, “Due to Dominic’s sincere and appropriate response, there will be no additional disciplinary action by the team.”
• Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, 30, was found not guilty of an assault charge accusing him of punching a woman in the head outside a downtown Cincinnati nightclub in June.
Shannon Wesley testified Jones punched her in the head, knocking her to the ground, but also said the punch came after she poured beer on Jones’ arm in an attempt to get him to leave her and her friends alone. Surveillance video showed the beer bottle was pointing toward Jones’ face.
“The initial aggressor in this case was Shannon Wesley with the beer bottle,” Judge Robert Taylor said.
Jones could face discipline from the league under its conduct policy.