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Arthur Jones Reportedly Likely to Miss Entire Season After Surgery Today

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According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones is likely to miss the entire season following ankle surgery today:

The 6th-year veteran suffered the ankle injury in last weekend’s preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. However, it’s not the same ankle that Jones suffered last year’s injury, where he missed 7 regular season games and was hampered all season upon his return.

After signing a 5-year, $33 million free agent deal with the Colts in 2014, the team has seen little return on their initial investment. While no personal fault of Jones, the 6’3″, 337 pound defensive lineman has suffered consecutive significant injuries to his ankles, with the most recent being presumably now season-ending.

It comes as a considerable blow to the Colts defense, as a fully healthy Jones was expected to be a big part of the solution to their run-stopping woes this season:

While the team still has other competent rotational defensive lineman to fill-in, Jones was one of the unit’s few players, who had a chance to be a true difference-maker in the trenches. Earlier this week, we took a look at 5 candidates, who may be able to help replace him.

Depending on the severity of Jones prognosis, there was a chance that the Colts could place him on short-term Injured Reserve with a designation to return later after being inactive at least 8 weeks.

However, if Cole is correct, it appears that ship has now sailed, and the Colts won’t see Jones out on the field until 2016.

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