(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Falcons confirmed Wednesday that wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a right foot injury.
A CT scan showed that Jones suffered the same fracture in his foot as he did back at the 2011 NFL scouting combine.
Jones went to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday to seek a second opinion from foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
“Unfortunately, Julio’s appointment with the doctor today confirmed our initial findings,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement. “He is scheduled to have a season-ending procedure on Monday.”
Jones was injured in Monday night’s 30-28 loss to the New York Jets, but remained in the game. He leads the 1-4 Falcons with 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns.
The team signed free agent receiver Brian Robiskie to help replace Jones, which quarterback Matt Ryan says will be nearly impossible to do.
“It’s tough to replicate what he can do,” Ryan said. “Certainly one of the most gifted receivers in the NFL. That makes it difficult to replace that. But we have other guys that need to step up and, I think, will step up for us.”
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Jill Martin, CNN