Falcons, Patriots’ final bye week injury reports paint different pictures

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22:  Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons walks through the tunnel before taking on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Getty Images

As the Falcons wrapped up their pre-Super Bowl practices before heading to Houston, not a single player received a label of questionable or worse on the final bye week injury report.

That said, receiver Julio Jones was limited in Friday’s practice with his lingering toe issue after missing Wednesday and Thursday. Likewise, center Alex Mack didn’t practice all week. Still, the absence of a label clearly implies both will be good to go.

In contrast, the Patriots listed nine players as questionable, nine days before the Super Bowl. They are receiver Danny Amendola (ankle), tight end Martellus Bennett (knee), running back Brandon Bolden (knee), safety Nate Ebner (concussion), kicker Stephen Gostkowski (illness), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), receiver Chris Hogan (thigh), receiver Malcolm Mitchell (knee), and defensive end Jabaal Sheard (knee).

The only New England players to miss practice were Ebner (all week) and

Article source: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/01/28/falcons-patriots-final-bye-week-injury-reports-paint-different-pictures/

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