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Julio Jones (toe) ruled out for Atlanta Falcons vs. 49ers

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Week 15 will come and go without the services of Julio Jones.

The Falcons All-Pro receiver has been ruled out for Atlanta's game against the San Francisco 49ers because of the sprained toe that kept him out of practice all week, the team announced.

Coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that he wanted to see Jones "explode pain-free" before green-lighting him for Sunday. That obviously didn't happen, leaving Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel to operate as the team's top two receivers against the Niners.

If there's a week to sit Jones, this would be it. The 49ers are allowing more points per game than any team in the league while the versatile Falcons are scoring more per tilt than anyone else. With Jones out of the lineup last week, the Falcons still dropped 42 points on the Rams.

In the thick of a playoff race, Atlanta can hardly afford to rest Jones after Week 15, but it makes plenty of sense to get him as healthy as possible for the final two weeks of the regular season -- and beyond.

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