Falcons' Julio Jones will miss matching up with injured Richard Sherman

From ESPN - November 15, 2017

ATLANTA -- The anticipated showdown between Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wo not happen this year, and you can tell both players are disappointed about it.

Sherman suffered a season-ending torn Achilles last Thursday night against Arizona, meaning he will only watch when the Falcons and Seahawks clash on Monday Night Football. News of Sherman's injury caused a collective sigh around the league among those with the utmost respect for the All-Pro Sherman and the competitor he is.

Jones was one for them.

"I love playing Richard, Jones told ESPN. I love matching up with Sherm. Hes a great competitor. Hes obviously a leader on their defense, on their team. And its going to be difficult for them not having him out there.

Sherman obviously loves competing against the All-Pro Jones as well. He made as much clear after his former defensive coordinator, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, reached out to Sherman following the injury.

I texted with him afterwards because he's such a competitor, so his response was, 'Tell J.J. I will miss competing against him,' Quinn said of Sherman. He's always thinking in terms of a competitor. He's such a competitor that he wants the challenges. He's an excellent tackler.

Anytime a guy's out, you feel it. But that's also what playing in our league is, where guys have to step up in different opportunities. And every team deals with it. And they will be equipped to deal with it as well.

Jones and Sherman squared off twice last season. During the regular-season game at Seattle last October, the Seahawks escaped with a 26-24 victory as Sherman grabbed Jones on the Falcons' final offensive play. No penalty was called, but a source from the league office said the Falcons were later informed that there should have been a foul for defensive pass interference.


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