"I was good throughout the whole game, but I was just trying to be careful," Jones said, per ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "I was just in and out, not trying to let that flame up. I wasn't [on a limit]. It was just how I felt. I'm not going to put myself in a situation to hurt the team."
Jones said he took himself out of the game several times and it wasn't on the coaches.
"I expected him to come in and come out some, so we were not surprised by that," coach Dan Quinn said. "Just to have him back out, his presence amongst his teammates, he was excited. And you could tell that all the way from the start of the game. It was important for him to learn to work through it, and he did do that. It was awesome to have him back out there."
Atlanta already clinched the NFC South title, so the receiver could potentially sit or play sparingly and wait for the playoffs. But the Falcons could lock down a playoff bye with a win over their rivals, giving Jones more time to rest the injured foot. Balancing rest this week versus rest in the postseason will be something Quinn, Jones and Kyle Shanahan will have to monitor this week.