Minor foot surgery for Julio Jones

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Minor foot surgery for Julio Jones

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) takes part in a media availability for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Houston. Atlanta will face New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones had a minor surgical procedure performed on his foot in Charlotte on Monday.

Jones, who played most of the last half of the season with a foot injury, saw noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson for an examination.

The Falcons said the procedure went well and that Jones is expected to be at full strength by the start of training camp in late July.

The dynamic Jones turned in another spectacular season with 83 catches for 1,409 yards and six touchdown catches.

He was slowed throughout the season by a turf toe injury, foot and shoulder ailments.

He missed only two games while fighting through the injuries. He was fine with being a decoy on some days when teams attempted to take him away.

With Jones, the Falcons’ wide receiving corps was the deepest unit on the team last season.

Mohamed Sanu, who was strong free agent pickup, had a career-high 59 catches for 653 yards and four touchdowns. Taylor Gabriel, who was claimed off waivers, added a spark to the offense with his speed and toughness. Aldrick Robinson and Justin Hardy made some contributions. Eric Weems was mainly the returner.

During the Falcons’ march to Super Bowl LI, Jones has 19 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns. He made a spectacular catch in the Super Bowl to move the Falcons to the 22-yard with 4:40 to play.

The Falcons traded away five draft picks to the Cleveland Browns to move up 21 spots in the draft to select Jones sixth overall in the 2011 draft. He has been named All Pro twice.

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Here is Jones’ injury history. He’s played all 16 games just once over six seasons:

2011 – 13 games starter/13 games played – Pulled hamstring; left game and missed the next one. Also was listed as probable on the injury report with a back, ankle and thumb injuries over the course of the season.

2012 – 16/15 – Twisted ankle; had to leave the game. He was also listed on the injury report as probable with a thigh and twice with a hand injury.

2013 – 5/5 – Pulled hamstring and missed exhibition season. He was questionable for four games with a knee injury. Re-fractured the same left foot hurt during combine. Needed a new – bigger – screw surgically inserted into the fifth metatarsal and finished the season on injured reserve.

2014 – 15/15 – Suffered hamstring injury against Eagles. Hip pointer suffered in Week 14, missed the next game.

2015 – 16/16 – Healthy for the season. He led the league in receptions (136) and yards receiving (1,871).

2016 –14/14 – Ankle, week one. Calf, week two and was questionable for game three; Hamstring –Week 4; Knee — Week 6; Knee – Week 9; Shoulder – Week 12; Toe — Week 14 Questionable; toe – Week 15 out; toe – week 16; toe — Week 17 toe – conference championship; Toe – Super Bowl.

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