The start to the 2018 season could be going better for the Atlanta Falcons. The team is now down two defensive stalwarts for significant time, with a new announcement about Deion Jones.
The 2016 second-round pick out of LSU was a bright spot for the Falcons during Thursday night's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, leading the team with nine total tackles, and adding an interception.
Today, the team announced that he will be out until mid-season. The Falcons do hope they can get him back, though.
According to head coach Dan Quinn, Deion Jones will undergo a procedure on his foot after experiencing soreness after the game.
From the Falcons' release:
“Following the game last Thursday, Deion reported soreness in his foot, so we sent him for further tests,” said head coach Dan Quinn. “We got the results of those tests back today, and he unfortunately will require a procedure that will result in us having to place him on injured reserve. We are bummed for Deion, but we do expect to get him back at some point this season. He represents all that we are looking for in a Falcon player, and while he will not be on the field for us right now, he will continue to have a presence in our building.”
Jones would be eligible to return for the Falcons' Nov. 18 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
This is the second significant injury to the team's defense in the last few days. On Friday, it was reported that safety Keanu Neal, also a 2017 Pro Bowl player, tore his ACL.
The Falcons placed Neal on the injured reserve on Monday. He is expected to be out for the season.
Atlanta's schedule isn't very forgiving over the next few weeks either. The team hosts the 1-0 Carolina Panthers this week, and the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 23.