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Falcons CB Alford to IR; WR Jones probable


Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford, who has missed the past four games with a wrist injury, was scheduled to have surgery Monday and be placed on injured reserve, coach Mike Smith announced.

Alford suffered the injury in Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers.

Meanwhile, Smith said wide receiver Julio Jones should be able to play this week in the Falcons’ big NFC South battle at New Orleans.

Jones, who has a bad hip, sat out Atlanta’s 27-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Jones set a team record with 259 receiving yards against the Green Bay Packers in Week 14.

The Falcons (5-9) are vying with the Saints (5-8 before their game vs. the Chicago Bears on Monday) and Panthers (5-8-1) to win the NFL’s weakest division.

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