FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said star wide receiver Julio Jones returned to “limited” participation in practice Friday while recovering from a toe sprain.

The initial plan was to rest both Jones and center Alex Mack — who has a left fibula injury — the entire week in preparation for the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots on Feb. 5.

But Jones practiced Friday; Mack remained sidelined.

“Julio Jones participated some today,” Quinn said. “He was limited. And we held Alex Mack, like the plan. We’ll get both those guys back into action for next week.”

Jones initially suffered the toe sprain in a Dec. 4 loss at Kansas City and missed two regular-season games. He then aggravated the injury in a 36-20 divisional-round playoff win over Seattle and didn’t finish the game.

The injury, however, didn’t prevent Jones from having an explosive performance in last week’s 44-21 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, as he caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

When asked about his health on Thursday, Jones responded, “I feel great.”

Mack suffered the fibula injury during the NFC Championship Game, when teammate Devonta Freeman stepped on him. Mack exited for one play before returning. Then he sat out the final series of the game in favor of Ben Garland.

The Falcons leave Sunday for the Super Bowl in Houston.



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