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Julio Jones questionable for Week 5 vs. Falcons

We break down the news that Julio Jones is still dealing with a knee injury. What it means for Week 5 and beyond.

Julio Jones #6 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Jones is officially questionable for Sunday’s game against his former team.


Friday update: Jones was able to get in practices every day this week. His status for Week 5 could still be questionable, but all signs point to him suiting up.

Thursday update: Julio Jones was practicing again on Thursday, per Greg Auman. He appears to be on track to play against his old team.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have played most of this season without a fully healthy wide receiver corps. Julio Jones has been dealing with a knee injury that he suffered in Week 1 that saw him miss games in Week 2 and Week 3. He returned to the field last week against the Kansas City Chiefs but only caught one of his two targets for seven yards. Jones is on the injury report on Wednesday in Week 5 but logged a limited practice participation.

Fantasy football implications

Jones hasn't had fantasy football relevance for some time. The veteran wide receiver is looking for a team that has a good chance to win a Super Bowl and has taken his talents to Tampa Bay. He is often seen as the third receiving option at best if both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are active. This week he would face his old team, the Atlanta Falcons, and I like him to see extra targets in a revenge game. I still don't think he is worth a start in fantasy football lineups other than a deep flex play.

If Jones is declared inactive, it means that there should be some extra targets for Russell Gage. He would also be included in the revenge game narrative against Atlanta but still doesn't project to get much work if Evans and Godwin are both active. If Jones is out, you could take the dart throw shot on Gage in your flex this week if you are in deeper leagues.