Carroll: X-rays negative but Jamarco Jones has 'pretty legit ankle sprain'

Jones (73) had recently pushed Germain Ifedi at right tackle© Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks and their rookie offensive tackle receive encouraging news after Jones was carted off the field Thursday.

Head coach Pete Carroll provided an update late Thursday night on injured offensive tackle Jamarco Jones and like virtually every other bit of news regarding the play of rookies in the preseason opener, it was encouraging.

Carroll said that Jones suffered a "pretty legit ankle sprain" but that X-rays taken on his lower left leg were negative, according to TSX correspondent Curtis Crabtree.

That certainly is good news for Jones, who looked to be in significant pain and had to be carted off the field after being rolled up from behind while playing left tackle during the Seahawks' 19-17 loss to the Colts.

Though any loss is disappointing, the play of Seattle's top rookies (especially Rasheem Green, Shaquem Griffin, Rashaad Penny, Tre Flowers, Jacob Martin and Michael Dickson) was a definite bright spot.

A sprain is a soft-tissue injury to the ligament, tendon or muscle surrounding a bone. Depending on the severity, it can take weeks or months to heal, meaning that Jones could potentially return to the field this season.

Jones, a fifth round pick, had recently seen some time with the starters, getting thrown into the mix at right tackle as offensive line coach Mike Solari attempts to find his best five and challenge incumbent starter Germain Ifedi. His injury was particularly disconcerting after the Seahawks lost the primary backup to Ifedi - Isaiah Battle - to a knee injury earlier in the game.

As Crabtree noted, Battle's injury is not considered as severe.

Ifedi, for his part, played a solid game Thursday night. He did not commit any penalties and provided a key block (along with Penny) to free up Russell Wilson for his touchdown strike to tight end Nick Vannett on Seattle's first drive, the only series in which the Seahawks' primary starters played Thursday night.