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Falcons send LB Deion Jones to injured reserve in latest blow to defense

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Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY
Published 4:13 PM EDT Sep 11, 2018
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones (45) runs to the ball during Training Camp at Falcons Training Complex.
Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons’ defense has taken yet another significant blow just one week into the 2018 NFL season.

Linebacker Deion Jones was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a foot ailment sustained in last Thursday’s season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team said in a release.

“Following the game last Thursday, Deion reported soreness in his foot, so we sent him for further tests,” said head coach Dan Quinn. “We got the results of those tests back today, and he unfortunately will require a procedure that will result in us having to place him on injured reserve.

“We are bummed for Deion, but we do expect to get him back at some point this season. He represents all that we are looking for in a Falcon player, and while he will not be on the field for us right now, he will continue to have a presence in our building.”

Jones, 23, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2017. He served a crucial role in the middle of Atlanta’s defense both as a run stopper and coverage asset.

Last Friday, the Falcons also announced that safety Keanu Neal would miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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Published 4:13 PM EDT Sep 11, 2018
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