The Atlanta Falcons' fears were confirmed Wednesday when a second medical opinion found star wide receiver Julio Jones' foot injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the season.
Coach Mike Smith said Jones will have surgery Monday, but the Falcons still did not release details of the injury.
Jones, the NFL's leading receiver, injured his right foot in Monday night's 30-28 loss to the New York Jets. Smith had said Tuesday that the first reports were not encouraging. Jones wanted a second opinion and was examined Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
"Unfortunately, Julio's appointment with the doctor today confirmed our initial findings," Smith said in a statement released by the team.
The loss of Jones is a devastating blow to the Falcons, who are 1-4 and entering their bye week. Jones leads the NFL with 41 catches and ranks second with 580 yards receiving. He made his first Pro Bowl team in 2012 when he had 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Jets: Outside linebacker Antwan Barnes was placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a knee injury. He was hurt in the fourth quarter of Monday's game at Atlanta. Barnes, signed in the offseason after spending the previous three years with San Diego, had two sacks this season.
Packers: Coach Mike McCarthy says Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews will miss at least a couple of weeks with a thumb injury. McCarthy said Matthews might have to play with a cast when he returns.
Chiefs: Linebacker Justin Houston has passed a series of concussion tests after taking a blow to his head and neck Sunday. Coach Andy Reid said the league's second-leading sacker should be ready for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Houston already has 8½ sacks during the Chiefs' 5-0 start.
Also, rookie tight end Travis Kelce had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair damage to his cartilage this week and could miss the remainder of the season.
Vikings: Defensive end Brian Robison, 30, signed a four-year contract extension, a deal he says will allow him to finish his career in the place it started as a fourth-round draft choice in 2007. The deal could be worth $28 million, includes a $5 million signing bonus and guarantees worth more than $12 million total, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
Chargers: San Diego placed tackle Mike Harris on injured reserve with a season-ending ankle injury.
Redskins name: Team owner Dan Snyder says respect goes both ways when it comes to the debate over the team's nickname. The man who ultimately gets to decide whether the name stays or goes offered his thoughts in a letter to season-ticket holders, the first time he has addressed at length the change-the-name campaign that has picked up momentum this year. The tone of the letter suggests that no change is under consideration.
"I've listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name," the letter states. "But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too."
Obituary: Darris McCord, a member of the Detroit Lions' "Fearsome Foursome" that terrorized NFL offenses, died Wednesday. He was 80.