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Julio Jones excited about Sunday, ready to go for Week 7

We break down the news that Julio Jones returned to practice for Week 7. He aggravated a hamstring injury in Week 6.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) is tackled by Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (49) at Nissan Stadium Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. Andrew Nelles / / USA TODAY NETWORK

Friday PM update: Jones appears ready to go this Sunday against the Chiefs in a good matchup. A hamstring tweak isn’t out of the picture, but this is a good spot for his fantasy value.

Friday update: Julio Jones was able to get a limited designation in on Thursday and is back out there again on Friday, per Turron Davenport. Two days of practice is a good sign, but he could easily end up a game-time decision against the Chiefs this week.

Thursday update: Julio Jones was able to get some work in on Thursday, per Turron Davenport. He will likely be listed as not practicing, but we’ll wait for official word.

The Tennessee Titans returned to practice on Wednesday to open Week 7 and wide receiver Julio Jones did not participate due to a hamstring injury. Jones missed Week 4 and Week 5 due to a hamstring injury and would appear to have aggravated in Monday’s win over the Bills. He caught three passes for 59 yards in the win before leaving in the fourth quarter with the injury.

Fantasy football implications

Given the nature of this injury, it would not be surprising to see the Titans play it conservatively and sit him this weekend against the Chiefs. The Titans will need plenty of weapons, but sitting in first place in a woeful AFC South, they will not want to lose Jones for any extended time because they were too aggressive.

The Chiefs rank 31st in pass defense efficiency, but it’s worth noting that they have given up the 11th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. They have given up the second most to quarterbacks and the fifth most to tight ends. If Jones does not play, Anthony Firkser could be a sleeper option this weekend.

A.J. Brown and Chester Rogers were both DNPs as well on Wednesday, so Ryan Tannehill’s pass catching department is a little light above and beyond Jones. This will be a situation to keep an eye on this week.