Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is tackled by Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins in a game earlier this season. Jones is scheduled to have surgery on his foot and will miss the rest of the season. (Reuters)
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons placed Julio Jones on injured reserve a day after announcing the wide receiver will undergo season-ending foot surgery.
Wide receiver Brian Robiskie was signed to fill his roster spot.
In a Monday loss to the New York Jets, Jones fractured his right foot — the same injury he sustained in 2011. Following a second opinion from foot specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Jones scheduled the operation for Monday.
“Unfortunately, Julio’s appointment with the doctor (Wednesday) confirmed our initial findings,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement.
Anderson performed surgery on the same foot in 2011. Despite breaking the foot while at the University of Alabama, Jones ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine before having the operation. The Falcons still traded up to select Jones sixth overall.
Losing Jones is the latest bad news for the Falcons, who are off to a 1-4 start after a trip to the NFC Championship Game last season.
Jones continued to play Monday after getting hurt, according to Smith, even making a diving 46-yard catch while covered by the Jets’ Antonio Cromartie.
Jones leads the NFL with 41 catches and is second in the league with 580 receiving yards and 59 targets. He has two receiving touchdowns. Despite being double- and sometimes triple-teamed, he accounted for 35.3 percent of Atlanta’s receiving yards and 26.9 percent of the team’s catches through the first five games.
Jones, 24, will become the eighth Falcon on injured reserve.
Atlanta’s receiving corps was already diminished due to a nagging hamstring and ankle injuries to Roddy White. Harry Douglas likely will start opposite White in Jones’ absence.
Douglas has 27 receptions for 219 yards this season, while White has just 23 catches for 129 yards. Neither has a touchdown reception.
Robiskie was a second-round pick by Cleveland in 2009, but has just 43 career receptions for 485 yards and four touchdowns.
Atlanta is on a bye week before returning to action Oct. 20 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.