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Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer 21d

Mohamed Sanu expected out 2-3 weeks; Julio Jones not likely to miss game

NFL, Atlanta Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks with a hamstring injury, a source told ESPN's Vaughn McClure, while wide receiver Julio Jones is not expected to miss any playing time despite his hip flexor injury, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Coach Dan Quinn confirmed that Jones' and Sanu's injuries, suffered during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, are not long term.

"For those of you guys who have covered the team for a long time, you would know that Julio Jones is a faster healer than the average cat," Quinn said. "It's just how he's built. He's a special player, competitor, athlete. What may take someone four [weeks] may take him two. What may take another person one, he may be ready way quicker."

Quinn declined to put a timetable on the injuries, but a source told Schefter that Jones will be ready to play after resting during this week's bye. The Falcons' next game is Oct. 15 at home against the Miami Dolphins.

Sanu appears likely to miss the Dolphins' game but could return for an Oct. 22 Super Bowl rematch with the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts. He was spotted in the locker room Monday wearing a compression sleeve on his right leg.

Jones played 15 snaps before exiting with the hip flexor injury, while Sanu played 31 snaps but didn't return for the second half following a hamstring strain.

"The good news is both of them aren't going to be long term," Quinn said of Jones and Sanu. "Both of them, the competitiveness to get going will be there."

Jones leads the Falcons with 19 catches for 295 yards but doesn't have a touchdown. Sanu is second on the team with 16 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown.

The Falcons have no plans to add a receiver to the roster at this time.

Quinn said the bye week came at a good time to get the entire team healthy. He said reigning NFL sacks leader Vic Beasley Jr., who suffered a hamstring strain during a Week 2 win over the Green Bay Packers, is making progress but won't return until he is able to "open up" as a runner. Beasley was expected to be sidelined a month after suffering the injury Sept. 17.

The Falcons are expected to add defensive line help since Beasley, Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee) and Jack Crawford (biceps) are all banged up. Crawford, who wore protection on his left arm Monday, could be lost for the season.

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