Friday late update: Jones is officially questionable and will be a game time decision.
Friday update: Head coach Todd Bowles told reporters that Julio Jones and Chris Godwin will be game-time decisions, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. Breshad Perriman will be doubtful, while Mike Evans will return from his one game suspension.
Thursday update: Jones was again limited at practice on Thursday. He’s got a good chance to return to the lineup for the Bucs, who face the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football in Week 4. His return would be big for Tampa Bay’s wide receiving core. WR Mike Evans is also expected to return after serving a one-game suspension.
Wednesday PM update: Jones did get a limited practice in on Wednesday, per Rick Stroud.
Wednesday update: Julio Jones will likely get some practice time in on Wednesday, per Greg Auman. This coincides with head coach Todd Bowles feeling optimistic about Jones playing this week.
Tampa Bay wide receiver Julio Jones is likely to be back in Week 4 for the Buccaneers’ matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs after sitting out for two weeks with a knee injury. Jones added three receptions for 69 yards in the Bucs’ opener, and head coach Todd Bowles expects him to be able to play on Sunday.
The Bucs will have Mike Evans back from suspension this week. Todd Bowles said he expects Julio Jones to return too. He said it’s still too early to tell on Chris Godwin and Donovan Smith.— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) September 26, 2022
Fantasy football implications
Tom Brady has struggled to generate offensive production with several of his wide receivers either injured or suspended, but with Jones and Mike Evans back, the Bucs have a good shot at a close competition with the Chiefs. Russell Gage and Breshad Perriman both put up good numbers this week, but Brady will likely go back to leaning on Jones and Evans for his targets.
Chris Godwin’s return is still up in the air.