Jones (groin) underwent sports hernia surgery roughly three weeks ago, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
This procedure is likely related to the groin issue that landed Jones on injured reserve for the final eight games of the 2016 season. While it isn't clear when he's aiming to return, Rapoport added that Jones is likely to remain a free agent until after the season begins. Health will be a concern for any team interested in signing the veteran defensive tackle, considering he's missed 33 games in his six-season career, but Jones is an effective defensive tackle who could be worth the risk.
Jones (groin) was released by the Colts on Friday.
Jones was due to count over $7 million against the cap this season, which was unpalatable for someone that played in just 17 games over the past three seasons. The 30-year-old will now look to land elsewhere and get healthy ahead of the 2017 campaign.
Jones was coming off the best game of his 2016 campaign in Week 14 with eight tackles (four solo), but a groin issue will keep him sidelined in Week 15. Hassan Ridgeway could see additional reps at defensive end as a result, although he remain in a back-up role.
|4||10/1/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|6||10/16/17||@ TEN||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/3/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/17||@ BAL||4:30 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|