Wide receiver Julio Jones returned for Week 16 leading the Falcons with seven catches and 107 yards.
“I felt OK,” Jones said. “I know I needed to be out there with my teammates. I missed last week. Before the game, I went out and ran around. I felt pretty good: Not 100 percent, but it was good enough to go out there and get the `W.'”
Asked about his availability for Week 17 and the Panthers, Jones left little doubt that he would be there to play.
“Yeah, I’ll be OK,” Jones said. “Just keep getting treatment. They’ve been doing a great job here with me. And I’ve got to keep going.”
It is doubtful that Jones will practice much, if any, this week but he should have no trouble finding the field come Sunday.
“It’s so many people out there that doubt you; say you can do this, you can’t do that: You guys are 5-8 or whatever that was. We control what we do in this locker room. We just got to keep fighting. People are going to jump on the bandwagon, they’re going to jump off the bandwagon. But when you get to that postseason, the season is 0-0.”