WASHINGTON — Atlanta Falcons running back Julio Jones was happy to get back in the saddle on Monday night, a few weeks after he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Jones was healthy enough to take part in the first practice of the season, but he was limited after being sidelined with a sprained ankle.
He was the first Falcons runningback to practice this week.
Atlanta will play three games against the Saints, the other three against the Giants and the Rams, but Jones’ return is likely to be short-lived.
The Falcons won’t have Jones on the field for any of those games.
They’ll likely see him in a game in a couple of weeks.
Jones has struggled to make an impact as a full-time runner for the Falcons, but this was a good sign that he’s starting to get healthy.
He’s been a workhorse for the team and should get some carries again, but there are some concerns that he may not be able to make as much as he could have in the absence of a healthy DeMarco Murray.