After leaving on a cart during the second half of Thursday's loss to the Colts, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated tackle Jamarco Jones will miss significant time with a "severe" ankle sprain.
Jones, a fifth-round pick out of Ohio State, has been a bright spot for a franchise desperate to hit on a draft pick along the offensive line. Naturally a left tackle, the Seahawks gave him some snaps on the right side last week, putting him in position to potentially oust Germain Ifedi in the starting lineup.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jones didn't surrender a single pressure on 11 snaps in his first NFL action against Indianapolis. But after Colts defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway inadvertently rolled over his ankle, his season could be over after a single preseason contest.
"He didn't break his leg, but he had a really bad, serious ankle sprain. It's a high ankle sprain-plus." Carroll said as he updated Jones' condition. "He's hobbling around pretty good right now."
Though no timetable was given by Carroll himself, Seattle must decide whether to wait out Jones' injury at the cost of a valuable roster spot or to end his season by placing him on injured reserve. If the Seahawks choose to place him on injured reserve prior to the start of the regular season, he wouldn't be eligible to return later in the year per league rules.
Along with Jones being out for the foreseeable future, fellow lineman Isaiah Battle suffered a knee sprain in the exhibition opener. But Carroll said his injury was far less serious and the team will be evaluating him day-to-day.
Even with Battle returning soon, expect Seattle to act to these injuries accordingly by sliding third-year lineman Rees Odhiambo back out to tackle and possibly adding a free agent to the fold in coming days.