NOTE: This column is a living document through Tuesday morning. I'll be updating as needed after team press conferences, imaging reports, Monday Night Football injuries, etc. Major changes to the content will be noted in red.
Scroll to the bottom of this article for a quick look table of the week's most pressing injury situations and a review of players on injured reserve / PUP / NFI.
Footballguys will have close and detailed coverage of all injuries this season. Here's a look at my expected schedule. I will do my best to stick to this. Work and family responsibilities may sometimes cause brief delays.
Monday Injury Rounds: Posted Sunday night, updated through Tuesday AM. Detailed analysis of the week's injuries with table for quick review. Offensive injuries will be live Sunday night. Critical defensive and offensive line injuries will be added throughout the day on Monday. I'll be updating with news and analysis through Tuesday.
Wednesday and Thursday Injury Expectations: Posted late Wednesday and Thursday evening. Analysis of the practice participation report with a table including my projection of each injured player's likely game status. Will include discussion of any major breaking injury news.
Sunday Gameday Expectations: Posted by Saturday afternoon, updated through Sunday morning inactives. Will include individual player blurbs with detailed thoughts on the week's injury news and my speculation on player availability and limitations. Will include table highlighting each day's practice participation, official game status, and my availability expectation.
I'll also be contributing to our waiver wire podcast (Tuesday release), our live Sunday morning pregame show (10 ET Sunday on YouTube), and plan at least one weekly Periscope Q&A (shortly before Monday Night Football) with additional shows if/when possible. As always, I will be retweeting key pieces of news and my own reaction and analysis, so make sure you're following @JeneBramel and checking my timeline on Twitter throughout the week.
Julio Jones | Right hip flexor strain | Week-to-Week
Jones reportedly wanted to return to the game but could not generate enough explosion from his usual stance and the team chose to remain cautious rather than risk a higher grade injury. Jones will have an MRI this week to grade his injury. With the Falcons on bye in Week 5, Jones will have the benefit of intensive rehab this week rather than concern over game preparation.
Hip injuries are difficult to overcome for wide receivers, particularly flexor strains. Full strength is needed for smooth explosion off the line of scrimmage to defeat press coverage and to sink the hips to get in and out of route breaks. Should Jones' MRI show a low-grade strain, he'll have a good chance to rehab and return in two weeks.
***Monday Update: Adam Schefter confirms Jones has a hip flexor strain. A source told Schefter Jones is hopeful to return after the bye week.