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Mike Smith hopeful about Julio Jones (hip), William Moore (foot)

12/9/2014

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith expressed hope about getting wide receiver Julio Jones and safety William Moore back this week after they suffered game-ending injuries at Green Bay.

Jones suffered a hip injury in the team's 43-37 loss to the Packers and missed the last offensive series. He paced the sideline in pain trying to walk it off and even grabbed his helmet to go back in one point, but the medical staff kept him from doing so. Jones was noticeably hobbled after the game but said he did not undergo any type of immediate examination. It is unclear whether Jones had an MRI on Tuesday morning, but the initial word is he suffered a bruised hip.

Moore left the game in the first half with what was called a right foot injury. He also tried to walk it off and grabbed his helmet but was unable to return. Moore was nowhere to be found after the game.

"That was a very physical football game that was played last night, and both Julio and William are guys that are sore this morning," Smith said. "Julio has a hip injury, and William Moore has a foot injury. And we're hoping that both of these guys will be ready to go at the end of the week.

"How much practice time they're going to get, we don't know that at this point in time. But it's our intention to do everything in our power to have these guys ready to go against Pittsburgh."

Smith said cornerback Robert Alford, who missed the last few games with a broken wrist, is making progress.

"We're hoping to have a better idea of where he is at in regards to his injury in the next 48 hours or so," Smith said.

Two other players that got banged up during Monday night's game -- cornerback Desmond Trufant and right guard Jon Asamoah -- said they expect to play against the Steelers. Trufant suffered some type of right hand injury that he said wasn't a break, while Asamoah did not finish the game due to a back injury.

Smith commended Roddy White for playing the most snaps of any receiver while coming off a left ankle sprain. White played 63 of 67 offensive snaps.