Julio Jones didn't play during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers because of a knee injury, but it sounds like that was more precautionary that anything.
According to Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles, Jones "could have played" but the team opted not to push him.
Julio Jones Injury Update
This is encouraging news for Tampa Bay, as Jones has only played in one of the team's three games thus far. Jones is one of several Buccaneers wideouts battling injury issues at the moment, but it sounds like his knee problem isn't too serious and he'll likely be able to return for Week 4.
Still, Jones was missed during Tampa Bay's 14-12 loss to Green Bay in Week 3. After racking up 86 all-purpose yards in his Bucs debut, Jones could have helped his new team avoid its first loss of the season. Tampa Bay's offense sputtered without him, managing just 285 total yards of offense and one touchdown.
You can't blame the Buccaneers for being prudent, however, given Jones' recent injury history. The star receiver hasn't played more than 10 games in a season since 2019, so the team is more concerned about keeping healthy in the long run rather than risk losing him for an extended period of time so early in the season.
Chiefs vs Buccaneers Week 4 Odds
The Bucs are hopeful that Jones can return to the field for their big Week 4 matchup against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. While both teams are coming off their first loss of the season, Tampa Bay is more banged up at the moment and is currently listed as 2.5-point home underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.