FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons receiver Julio Jones, the team's most consistent deep threat, has a right foot injury that might end his season, coach Mike Smith said Tuesday.
Jones will be evaluated today by specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.
"The first reports were not encouraging, but we will wait to see what the second opinion comes back as," Smith said, while stopping short of ruling Jones out for the season.
Losing Jones would be devastating to the Falcons, who are 1-4 after reaching the NFC title game last season. Many picked the team as a Super Bowl contender.
Jones could become the eighth Falcon on injured reserve. Also, running back Steven Jackson (hamstring), linebacker Akeem Dent (sprained right foot) and left tackle Sam Baker (knee) are out injured.
Vick practices, a little: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles practiced with the starters in place of Michael Vick, who has an injured hamstring ahead of Sunday's game against the Bucs. Vick was a limited participant, throwing and jogging for part of the workout. Vick said he was "very surprised" with his progress, but the Philadelphia Inquirer reported he is still not expected to play.
Gronk back? Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has not played this season after having back surgery, is expected to play Sunday against the Saints, profootballtalk.com reported.
Redskins controversy: Asked directly whether the Redskins should change their name, Roger Goodell said the NFL needs to "make sure we're doing what's right." Speaking at the end of the league's fall meetings, the commissioner noted that he grew up in the Washington area rooting for the team and "by no means … have I ever considered it derogatory as a fan, and I think that's how Redskins fans would look at it." Also at the meetings, Tampa, which had bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl, was not named one of the three finalists (see Section B for details).
'Pacman' not guilty: Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was found not guilty of assault in Hamilton County (Ohio). A visiting judge heard the case after Jones, who has had a spate of legal troubles, waived a jury trial. Jones was accused of hitting Shannon Wesley outside a downtown Cincinnati nightclub and was arrested in June.
Schaub confronted at home: Two people confronted Texans quarterback Matt Schaub at his home, Houston radio station SportsRadio 610 reported. Schaub contacted NFL Security, profootball.talk reported.
Exec arrest: Browns executive Jon Sandusky, the son of former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky, was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of drunken driving. Jon Sandusky, 36, was spotted making an illegal turn, police said. Sandusky had been booked and later released.
COLTS: Running back Ahmad Bradshaw chose season-ending surgery on his injured neck.
COWBOYS: The team released safety Will Allen, a 10-year veteran who spent his first six seasons with the Bucs.
JETS: Quarterback Mark Sanchez had season-ending surgery, performed by noted surgeon James Andrews, on his torn right labrum. Sanchez has been out since being injured in the third preseason game.
LIONS: Center Dominic Raiola apologized in a statement for "unacceptable" remarks he made to the University of Wisconsin band on Sunday. The team said Raiola called band director Michael Leckrone to apologize and to say he was going to make a "significant donation" to the band. The Detroit Free Press reported that Raiola was accused of directing homophobic slurs toward band members.
TEXANS: Tight end Owen Daniels is expected to miss at least four weeks with a broken fibula, the Houston Chronicle reported.
VIKINGS: Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson was waived to make room for Josh Freeman, the former Bucs starter whom Tampa Bay released last week.