Julio Jones (hip) absent from start of practice again

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons receiver Julio Jones, recovering from a hip injury, was not on the field for the start of Friday's practice.

Jones hasn't practice all week and is game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Saints. With the Falcons' season on the line, there are strong indications he'll play through the injury despite the missed practice time.

Jones tested his hip last Saturday at the Falcons' indoor practice facility, and it was determined he wouldn't be able to go against the Steelers. Coach Mike Smith said the decision on Jones' status will be made when the inactives are released 90 minutes before Sunday's kickoff.

Also missing from Friday's practice was starting right guard Jon Asamoah, who has been sidelined with a back injury. It appears Asamoah won't be able to go, meaning Gabe Carimi would start in his place.

Roddy White (knee), Harry Douglas (foot), and William Moore (foot) were suited up for Friday's practice.