Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Packers' Rookie Datone Jones has Ankle Sprain

Rookie defensive lineman Datone Jones sprained his ankle in the Green Bay Packers' preseason opener and returned to practice last week with the hopes that he would be able to go the full game last Friday against the Seattle Seahawks. 
He initially sprained the ankle on the first play against Arizona and did not play another down. He sat out an entire week's worth of practice and after returning, in a team drill halfway through practice he tweaked his ankle once again and limped badly off the field. He attempted to walk it off, but ended up in the Don Hutson Center to have ice applied. 
A source says that the sprain isn't serious, but the big concern was whether it would turn into something more serious and is a problem throughout the season. 
Jones missed all of the 2010 season at UCLA with a right broken foot, but started both his junior and senior years. 
Early on in camp, Jones looked like he was going to be a key player in the Packers' 2013 season. He was great on the 1-on-1 pass rush drills and even showed some natural ability in the intrasquad scrimmage. This ankle sprain however means that Jones has just one preseason play under his belt- that doesn't give him much practice in a real time situation. 
"It's hard for any young guy if he's not on the practice field," said defensive coordinator Dom Capers. "We've been through that here before. You remember Clay's (Matthews) rookie year and B.J.'s (Raji) rookie year; Clay had the hamstring, B.J. sprained his ankle in the last preseason game.
"We've had Datone for one play in the preseason. That's just the way it is. Once he's back and ready to go, we're going to have to really put him on a crash course."
Reference: Journal Sentinal
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