Atlanta Falcons release statement: Julio Jones will not attend mandatory mini-camp

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes the catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff released a statement Monday on the team's website, saying that Julio Jones will not be attending a mandatory mini-camp.

"We have been in contact with Julio and his representation. We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive. We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective. Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp.

"We have much respect for him and what he means to our team, our city and our fans."

Players reported to camp on Monday

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