Jones is officially listed as questionable with a hip injury. But he missed practice again Friday for a third straight day and will be a game-time decision against the Saints. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jones will test his hip on Saturday before the team leaves town. How his hip responds to that workout will determine if he's available Sunday.
We're starting to wonder if Smith's confidence in Jones' status early in the week was a misdirection ploy. Even if Jones plays, it's hard to imagine him being close to 100 percent after not stepping on the field for even a practice over the last two weeks. Jones is coming off two games where he totaled 458 yards with 21 catches before missing last week's game against Pittsburgh.
The Falcons' passing attack has stabilized in the second half of the season because of improved protection, but beating their archrivals will be difficult if Jones isn't on the field.
Here are the other injury report nuggets you need to know for Week 16:
Running back DeAngelo Williams, however, is unlikely to play because of his hand injury despite being listed as questionable.
- Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who missed practice all week, is listed as questionable for Sunday against Dallas because of his hamstring injury. The Colts' offense hasn't looked the same since their bye week, and this could really hurt. Starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus (groin) also didn't practice all week; he was later ruled out.
- It seems like half of the Patriots' starting lineup is questionable ahead of the Jets tilt: Kyle Arrington (hamstring), LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), Dan Connolly (knee), Julian Edelman (thigh/concussion), Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), Chandler Jones (hip), Brandon LaFell (shoulder), Rob Ninkovich (heel) and Shane Vereen (ankle).
- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's showdown against the Seahawks. Bruce Arians already tabbed Ryan Lindley as the starting QB. Arians said Friday that Stanton could make the active roster as the No. 2 signal-caller, per The Associated Press, which would be a surprise.