NFL notebook: Falcons WR Jones needs surgery, done for season
The Falcons said star wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
Jones injured his right foot in Monday night's loss to the New York Jets.
The severity of Jones' injury was confirmed on Wednesday when he was examined in Charlotte, N.C., by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
Anderson repaired Jones' broken right foot before his 2011 rookie season.
The loss of Jones, the NFL's leading receiver, is a devastating blow to the Falcons, who are 1-4 and entering their bye week.
Receiver Roddy White hurt his hamstring in the loss and missed Wednesday's practice.
• Houston coach Gary Kubiak saidMatt Schaub will start Sunday against St. Louis, but added that staying with the beleaguered quarterback was a “tough decision.” Also, Texans tight end Owen Daniels (leg) will miss a minimum of eight weeks after the team placed him on injured reserve with the designation to return.
• Patriots tight endRob Gronkowski appears closer to making his 2013 debut. He has missed all five games while recovering from offseason surgeries on his broken left forearm and back. But he might play Sunday against the Saints. Gronkowski participated in practice on a limited basis Wednesday.
• David Wilson's neck injury could keep the Giants' running back out of action for several weeks, the New York Post reported. Wilson has already been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Bears.
• 49ers linebackerAldon Smith was charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office says Smith is expected to surrender later this month. The 24-year-old Smith is on an indefinite leave from the team while undergoing treatment for substance abuse following a DUI arrest Sept. 20.
• Browns executiveJon Sandusky, the son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, was cooperative but refused to take a blood test when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in North Dakota, police said. Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said Sandusky, 36, was pulled over for making an illegal turn at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday near the city's downtown. Officers determined Sandusky was driving under the influence after administering field sobriety tests. A hearing for Sandusky has not been scheduled.
• Prosecutors in the murder case against former Patriot Aaron Hernandez want the judge to recuse herself because, they said, she and the lead prosecutor have a public history of antagonism and she has shown bias. Bristol County Assistant District Attorney William McCauley wants Judge Susan Garsh to remove herself from the case, he said during a hearing in Fall River (Mass.) Superior Court. McCauley did not detail his reasons in court, but a new filing cited a “well-known and publicly documented history of antagonism” between him and Garsh, stemming from a 2010 murder trial he argued before her.
• The Los Angeles City Council reaffirmed its support for efforts to bring an NFL team to the nation's second-largest city. Tossing a football and sports lingo around the council chamber, members voted 14-0 for a resolution saying it is in the interests of both the city and the league to bring a team to Los Angeles.
• A Dallas grand jury added a second manslaughter count against former Cowboys player Josh Brent in connection with a drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.
• Bills receiver Stevie Johnson missed practice because of a back injury and after being excused following a death in his family. His playing status is uncertain for Sunday's game against Cincinnati.
• Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair damage to his cartilage and could miss the remainder of the season.
• Seahawks starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner will likely be a game-time decision because of a high ankle sprain suffered last week against Indianapolis.
• The Vikings signed defensive end Brian Robison to a four-year contract extension worth a reported $28 million.
• Darris McCord, a member of the Lions “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line in the 1950s and 1960s has died. He was 80.