Tennessee Titans place Julio Jones on injured reserve before Saints game

Chris Thomas
Nashville Tennessean

The Tennessee Titans placed star wide receiver Julio Jones on injured reserve on Saturday, making him unavailable when the Titans (7-2) face the New Orleans Saints (5-3) on Sunday at Nissan Stadium (noon CT, CBS). 

Jones, who has battled a hamstring injury all season, is required to miss at least three games before returning to the field, meaning he can't return until a Dec. 12 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium. 

Jones has caught 21 passes for 336 yards after being acquired by the Titans in an offseason trade with the Atlanta Falcons. 

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Jones was added to Thursday's participation report as limited with a hamstring issue after participating fully in practice Wednesday with no injury designation.

Jones, who battled through a hamstring issue last season with the Falcons, has missed three of the Titans' nine games with the injury. He played 74% of Tennessee's offensive snaps in Week 9 against the L.A. Rams, his most since the second week of the season. 

The Titans elevated fourth-round draft pick Dez Fitzpatrick from the practice squad after placing Jones on injured reserve and also activated cornerback Kristian Fulton to the 53-man roster from IR.

 Safety Dan Cruikshank (knee) was also placed on injured reserve on Saturday. 

Chris Thomas is the South Region sports director of the USA Today Network. Contact him at cdthomas@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.