Fantasy injury report: Julio Jones

The news Tuesday that Atlanta Falcons star WR Julio Jones’ season might be over due to a foot injury, as first reported by Fox Sports, came as a shock both to Falcons fans and fantasy owners.

But there was a clue. When Jones was seen limping out of the X-ray room after the team’s Monday night loss to the Jets, it at the very least indicated there was some lower-extremity concern being evaluated. Jones has been listed on the Falcons’ injury report weekly because of a knee issue; his foot had not been part of that report, hence the surprise as to the nature of the injury.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Jones is headed to Charlotte, N.C., to be evaluated by Dr. Robert Anderson. Not only is Anderson a renowned foot and ankle specialist who provides second opinions for -- and often treats -- athletes with foot injuries, but he has taken care of Jones in the past.

At the 2011 NFL combine, Jones put on an impressive display, including a blazing 4.39 40-yard dash. Much to the surprise of those who witnessed his performance, Jones showcased his talent despite a fracture in his foot. During the medical evaluations, a fracture in the fifth metatarsal, the long bone of the outer forefoot between the pinkie toe and the midfoot (also called a Jones’ fracture), was identified, and he underwent surgery a week later. Surgery involved inserting a screw to stabilize the fracture, and Jones spent the remainder of the spring and early summer recovering. He was ready to play by the start of the season.

Mortensen reports the current injury is to the same foot as the one Jones had surgically repaired nearly three years ago, but that doesn’t put us closer to an official diagnosis. Further information should be forthcoming after Jones consults with Anderson on Wednesday.