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Smith to decide on Jones' game status

8/5/2014

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said the coaches will decide today about wide receiver Julio Jones' status for Friday's preseason opener at home against the Miami Dolphins.

Jones, coming off foot surgery, has practiced every other day since the beginning of training camp. He last played in a live game Oct. 7 against the New York Jets, when he fractured his right foot for a second time.

"I'm not going to talk about snaps and the number of snaps," Smith said of Friday's exhibition. "We want to go through and evaluate as many guys as we can. The majority of the time (today) in our staff meetings will be talking about play time. And again, that's always changing based on the number of healthy bodies that we have. And we will be making a determination on who's going to play and how much in (today's) meeting."

Quarterback Matt Ryan was asked about the possibility of getting a few reps with Jones against the Dolphins.

"That's up to Coach Smith," Ryan said. "I just follow the orders and go out there and do my job."

At the start of camp, Smith said the team would re-evaluate Jones' practice plan after a week.

"No, we haven't done it yet," Smith said. "It will probably be after the first preseason game before we make an evaluation in terms of his workload. But I think he's handled everything that we've asked him to do up to this point in time. He hasn't missed any of the snaps that we've talked about him taking."

Jones said he feels 100 percent and stronger than last year coming off the surgery. He has added 10 pounds of muscle and doesn't appear to have lost any speed.

The Falcons are off Tuesday, meaning Smith is unlikely to update Jones' status until after Wednesday's practice.