Notebook: Falcons' Jones will be 'ready to rock'
GREEN BAY - When Green Bay and Atlanta met Oct. 30 at the Georgia Dome, Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones fell on his back and appeared to be less than himself, catching just three passes for 29 yards in a 33-32 Atlanta victory.
Jones may not be 100 percent again Sunday because of a turf toe injury that has been bothering him late in the season. He aggravated it in the Falcons’ divisional playoff victory against Seattle and sat out much of the fourth quarter.
However, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he expects Jones will be fine.
“We’re going to stick with the same plan,” Quinn said. “We’re going to limit him throughout the week and then as the week progresses we’ll give him a little more at the end. That’s the plan.
“He’s excited to play, but we’ll make sure he gets the looks that are real specific to him. For him and his foot, he’ll be ready to rock.”
Staying steady: High above the field at AT&T Stadium, the Packers’ executives roared with delight Sunday when kicker Mason Crosby connected on a game-winning field goal to beat the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31.
Down in the locker room, the excitement had hardly worn off.
“It was an exciting game and a great way to finish it off,” president and CEO Mark Murphy said.
Murphy, who does not speak to the media often, answered a few questions after Sunday’s game in Dallas. He credited coach Mike McCarthy and the players for surviving a difficult stretch during the middle of the season and responding with a terrific run of football.
“I think there’s a culture in this organization that everybody pulls together,” Murphy said. “I think Mike has done a great job. He stays steady. You’re going to go through some ups and downs. You just kind of weather the storms.
“You’re not immune from hearing what people are saying — writers and fans. But I think it’s a credit that the team, players and the whole organization, I think we all kind of pulled together. The fact that we’ve been through difficult times before, I think, has served us well.”
Weather delay: The Packers had what McCarthy called an “awesome return” home to fans in Green Bay on Sunday night, but not before a severe thunderstorm delayed the team’s departure from Dallas for two hours.
The Packers split their extra time between AT&T Stadium and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. They initially were unable to leave the stadium because of a local tornado warning.
“It was wet,” McCarthy said. “I had a new suit on, got it wet. But, yeah, it’s all part of it. Frankly, if you’ve never spent any time in Texas, there’s some big storms down there. The thing I was thinking about really was the fans, that must have been something to walk out into.
“It was a delay. I thought the people at DFW, they treated us great. We got back later, but it was an awesome return to the fans at our airport. It just gave us more time to hang out and celebrate and enjoy the win.”
Injury report: McCarthy provided brief injury updates on some key players during his Monday news conference.
On wide receiver Jordy Nelson: “Can’t tell you if Jordy’s going to practice Wednesday, but he did all the work in the regen workout today. So that’s a good sign.”
On cornerback Quinten Rollins: “He’s getting better. The staff said he’s getting better and he did all the work in the weight room and the (regeneration) workout today, so that’s a good sign.”