Deion Jones activated, eligible to return against Cowboys

Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones (45) signals no catch after the Falcons held the Saints to a field goal on their first possession against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones (45) signals no catch after the Falcons held the Saints to a field goal on their first possession against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo waived to make room for Jones

Falcons coach Dan Quinn was not very enthusiastic about the potential return of Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones for this week’s game.

The Falcons (4-5) play the Cowboys (4-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“We’ll have the same format that we had last week,” Quinn said on Monday. “We’ll take it step by step and see where he’s at. It’s too early to make a prediction of where he could be. He’s eligible to be back this week, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready.

“We will put him out there when he’s 100 percent.”

Jones was activated from the reserve/injured-designated for return list and offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo was waived, according to NFL transaction documents.

Jones worked off to the side with the training staff  the week before the Redskins game two weeks ago. Last Wednesday, he returned to practice and worked with the scout team to help the offense get ready for the Browns on Sunday.

Jones has missed eight games and per the new rule that was adopted at the NFL’s 2018 annual meeting, Jones must sit out eight games and not eight weeks after being placed on injured reserve.

Jones suffered a broken foot in the season-opening loss to the Eagles on Sept. 6 and was placed on injured reserve.

Jones has been attending meetings and walk-throughs. He’s been sharing information from his film review sessions.

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