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Dan Quinn: Austin Hooper's knee injury not long-term concern

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the knee injury suffered by rookie tight end Austin Hooper is not a long-term issue, although Quinn did not discuss the details of the injury.

Hooper, who caught a 9-yard touchdown in Sunday's 41-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, had an MRI on Monday morning, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. Hooper exited the locker room Sunday with his left knee in a heavy brace but without crutches.

"We got good news with Hooper where [it] is not a long-term injury for him,'' Quinn said. ``Hopefully we'll have him back sooner than later, so that's good news for us, too."

The Falcons already are down one tight end with veteran Jacob Tamme on injured reserve following shoulder surgery. Levine Toilolo and undrafted rookie Joshua Perkins are the only other tight ends on the active roster, with D.J. Tialavea on the practice squad.

Quinn reiterated how he is hopeful Julio Jones (toe sprain) plays against Carolina on Saturday. Jones missed the past two games with the injury.

"It's just going to be a matter of him getting out and running full speed,'' Quinn said of Jones. "Tomorrow [when the Falcons are scheduled to practice] will be a different pace, probably. Then the following day, we'll really be running and operating at full speed. So, we'll get a much better sense on Wednesday.

Quinn said rookie linebacker De'Vondre Campbell is in the concussion protocol so his status for Saturday is in doubt. Paul Worrilow would start in Campbell's place.

Quinn did not commit to having cornerback Jalen Collins back in the lineup after a knee injury, meaning the Falcons could go with the rotation of C.J. Goodwin and Deji Olatoye once again. Goodwin started against the 49ers and played 39 snaps while Olatoye played 20.

Defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn (knee), safety Robenson Therezie (ankle) and wide receiver Nick Williams (concussion) are the other injured players to monitor this week.

Quinn sounded optimistic about getting Clayborn back from his knee surgery.