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December 12, 2008 1:18 PM

Walter Jones undergoes microfracture surgery

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Left tackle Walter Jones underwent surgery on his left knee Thursday, and it was a microfracture procedure. That is something in which doctors create a number of tiny cracks in the bone to cause bleeding in an attempt to regrow cartilage.

Coach Mike Holmgren said the timeline for Jones' recovery is that he would be ready by training camp. Holmgren said the location of Jones' microfracture surgery is significant.

"It wasn't on a weight-bearing surface," Holmgren said. "So it really is going to be fine."

Other Seahawks who have undergone microfracture surgery are linebacker Will Herring - who returned to play this season - and defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs, who injured his other knee after rehabilitating from the microfracture surgery.

As for Jones, before last Sunday he had not missed a game because of injury since 1997. He is out for the rest of the year.

"I had the privilege of coaching one of the great linemen of all time in Walter Jones," Jones Holmgren said. "He always gave the team and me everything he had." [Editor's note: An earlier version included a reporter's error, misattributing the quote. Danny O'Neil regrets the error and is running laps as punishment.]

Practice report

SEATTLE
WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Out Out Out
   LT Walter Jones (knee)
Did not practice Did not practice Doubtful
LT Walter Jones (knee) LT Walter Jones (knee)  
QB Matt Hasselbeck (back) QB Matt Hasselbeck (back)  
LB Leroy Hill (neck) LB Leroy Hill (neck)  
WR Koren Robinson (knee)    
CB Josh Wilson (concussion)    
Limited in practice Limited in practice Questionable
DT Red Bryant (ankle) DT Red Bryant (ankle) QB Matt Hasselbeck (back)
  CB Josh Wilson (concussion) LB Leroy Hill (neck)
  WR Koren Robinson (knee) S C.J. Wallace
    DT Red Bryant (ankle)
    Probable
    WR Koren Robinson (knee)
    CB Josh Wilson (concussion)
 
ST. LOUIS RAMS
WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Out Out Out
Did not practice Did not practice Doubtful
CB Fakhir Brown (ankle) K Josh Brown (groin)  
K Josh Brown (groin) LB Gary Stills (knee)  
WR Torry Holt (rest)    
G Richie Incognito (ankle)    
LB Gary Stills (knee)    
Limited in practice Limited in practice Questionable
DT La'Roi Glover (knee) G Richie Incognito (ankle) CB Jason Craft (back)
DE Leonard Little (hamstring) DE Leonard Little (hamstring) LB Gary Stills (knee)
  CB Jason Craft (back)  
  Full practice Probable
  CB Fakhir Brown (ankle) CB Fakhir Brown (ankle)
  DT La'Roi Glover (knee) K Josh Brown (groin)
    G Richie Incognito (ankle)
    DE Leonard Little (hamstring)

 

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