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Falcons WR Julio Jones expected back at practice after first-day tweak

Falcons receiver Julio Jones should return to practice Friday after an undisclosed minor 'tweak' during Thursday's first training camp session. AP Photo/David Goldman

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones suffered a minor injury on the first day of training camp but is expected to return for Friday's practice, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said.

Jones rested for most of practice Thursday after getting banged up during a drill in the earlier portion of practice. He motioned to the sideline to be replaced and appeared to stretch both legs to overcome the pain. It was not considered cramps, Quinn said.

"We just held him out," Quinn said. "He had a little tweak, so we just decided to hold (him). He'll likely be back in there for tomorrow. He could have gone back in today and was asking me to, but I decided not to."

Quinn would not specify what Jones tweaked.

"I'm not going to disclose that," Quinn said. "He'll be back in there tomorrow."

Jones spent extensive time talking to the athletic performance staff while on the sideline. Late in practice, he put his helmet back on and caught passes from the other receivers, with a member of the performance staff providing resistance as Jones pushed off.

Despite being held out, Jones remained active with his teammates throughout Thursday's practice. After practice concluded, he led a short session with the rest of the receivers as they worked on getting off the line.

"Everybody looks up to him," Falcons recever Mohamed Sanu said of Jones. "Everybody follows him. We know he's our leader."