Julio Jones, other ill Falcons expected to play Sunday

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Although top receiver Julio Jones missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday with an illness, Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith indicated Jones should be fine for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Jones was one of three players out ill along with running back Steven Jackson and Patrick DiMarco. Jackson and DiMarco practiced on Wednesday.

"We'll anticipate that they'll all be back," Smith said.

Smith was asked if Jones would be able to play Sunday even if ends up not practicing all week.

"Julio is going to be back tomorrow. We fully anticipate that," Smith said. "And if for some unforeseen reason he wasn't, Julio will play in the game on Sunday."

Cornerback Robert Alford, who will miss the next three weeks with a broken wrist, and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (hamstring) were the other two Falcons missing from Thursday's practice.

Receiver Harry Douglas, who has been nursing a foot injury, was back on the field after missing Wednesday's practice. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee), left guard Jon Asamoah (shoulder), and receiver/return man Devin Hester (wrist) all practiced.