Jones (ankle) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts this spring, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. "[Jones] looks great," Carroll said recently. "He's in great shape, he has gained weight, he's stronger than he has ever been. Now he's already raring to go. He'll be back and there should be no hesitation with his return."
Seattle snagged Jones with a fifth-round pick in last year's draft, but the Ohio State product ultimately missed his entire rookie season thanks to an ankle injury that required surgery in August. It sounds like he'll have a full offseason uninhibited by any sort of rehab program, though, which could aid Jones in carving out a role along the offensive line in advance of the 2019 campaign.
Jones, who the Seahawks picked in the fifth round of April's draft, was in competition for the right tackle position before he required surgery to repair a high-ankle sprain. He'll now shift his focus to the 2019 season.
Jones underwent surgery earlier this week to repair damage from a high ankle sprain suffered last week, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.
Seattle general manager John Schneider confirmed the news during the team's official pregame radio show Saturday. The GM did not provide details, but Jones' recovery will take multiple weeks and possibly the season depending on how the Seahawks want to manage their roster. The 2018 fifth-round draft pick out of Ohio State had primarily played left tackle during camp.
Jones suffered a high-ankle sprain in Thursday's 19-17 preseason loss to the Colts, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
Jones was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round of this year's draft to hopefully add depth to a brutal offensive line. Gaining the starting gig outright over Germain Ifedi seems plausible, however, considering how Ifedi has frustrated the coaching staff with penalties during training camp and preseason. Jones' injury was called "serious" by coach Pete Carroll, so that competition will be stalled for the time being.