NFL round-up: Falcons’ WR Jones out. Could TE Gonzalez get traded?

Atlanta Falcons

Falcon’s will decline with WR Jones out for the season while Vikings Matt Cassel likely to start this week.

The second most important player of the Atlanta Falcons, only behind quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones is done for the season.

The 24-year-old will undergo a season-ending surgery on his foot next week. That leaves the 1-4 Falcons, who are hoping to build on last year’s success, where they felt short oft a Super Bowl appearance by just a 10-yard-touchdown-pass, in agony.

Unfortunately there is more to come. Wide receiver Roddy White could miss the next game with an injury and with their Super Bowl hopes almost crushed trade rumours about tight end Tony Gonzalez are getting louder. Falcons management won’t admit it but with a Gonzalez-transfer Atlanta could get another pick for the next draft to add a younger player to the mix.

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One might say adding a player who came back from retirement in exchange for a Draft pick is insane, but a team with a potential play-off spot and a unreliable receiving squad like the New England Patriots or the Kansas City Chiefs could be interested.

Ironically Tony Gonzalez joined the Falcons to get a better shot at a Super Bowl ring only to see his team now at 1-4 and his former team the Kansas City Chiefs at 5-0.

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In other news, ESPN reported that Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder practiced after suffering an rip injury. But the QB-position is not stable to say the least.

Matt Cassel, who performed well at Wembley stadium against a horrible Pittsburgh Steelers team, will most likely get the start this week. But by signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Josh Freeman earlier Vikings management showed everyone that they have no trust in either Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel.

At least there are some good news coming to us from Minnesota: The Vikings agreed with DE Brian Robison on his third contract after they drafted him in 2007 in the fourth round. A rarity but the 30-year-old established himself as a pass rusher opposite two-time NFL sack leader Jared Allen.

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