Falcons sign WR Robiskie, put Jones on IR


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons officially started the process of moving on without Julio Jones.

Veteran receiver Brian Robiskie, who signed a one-year deal with the team, took the field for his first practice Thursday. Wearing the No. 87, he caught passes from his position coach during individual drills.

The Falcons’ receivers coach is Robiskie’s father, Terry.

It remains unclear how the Falcons will use the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Robiskie, but he adds depth to a depleted receiving corps.

Robiskie is familiar with the offense from his father and from his time in Jacksonville with Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

“It feels really good being out here, being back,” Robiskie said following practice. “I’m really excited about this opportunity. I’m really excited to help out any way I can.”

Jones will undergo foot surgery Monday and is out for the rest of the season. A CT scan showed that Jones, who had a fracture in his foot after the 2011 scouting combine, suffered a fracture in the same location, sources told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.

Roddy White has a hamstring injury on top of a previously sprained ankle, so his status is unclear moving forward. White was not on the practice field Thursday.

Robiskie, a former second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, spent the majority of his time at the start of practice getting pointers on special teams from fellow receiver Drew Davis and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, indicating that Robiskie will have a role on special teams.

Jones, who leads the Falcons with 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns, was officially placed on season-ending injured reserve Thursday.

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