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With a playoff berth on the line, the Atlanta Falcons will have game-changing wideout Julio Jones on the field to face the Carolina Panthers.

NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that Jones will play Sunday and the team feels so good about the receiver's hip that they won't need to test him pregame, per Falcons sources.

Having the dynamic pass catcher on the field healthy could turn the tide of the bout with the Panthers in a winner-take-all battle for the NFC South title.

Over the last three games Jones has been dominant with 28 receptions for 555 yards and two touchdown catches. In the Week 11 matchup against the Panthers in Carolina, Jones had six catches for 59 yards.

The Falcons, however, will be without Steven Jackson, per Breer. The starting running back has been dealing with a quad injury.

We expect rookie Devonta Freeman to take over most of the between-the-tackles runs with Jacquizz Rodgers being used as a change of pace and in the passing game. Freeman showed some pop last week with a 31-yard-run and has flashed potential on the Flacons' game-tape the last few weeks.

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Nice. I have Julio along with Matt and Free.

I have built a pretty solid roster. Traded away DeMarco Murray for Shady McCoy and AJ Green (few weeks before Murray broke his hand ;) ) knowing its a keeper league and I got those two ready for next year. My roster looks like this; QB Ryan RB McCoy, Bell, Sjax, Bernard, Freeman WR Roddy, Green, Jeffrey, Andre Johnson, Mike Evans, TE Gronk, Ertz D/ST Texans, Seahawks. Lools totally different from draft day lol.

On topic, I do think we will miss SJax in short 3rd and 1 situations. Hopefully the O line gives our two small backs some nice lanes to run through.

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