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November 2412009 The Jibsheet > SPORTS 9 12-year veteran Jones goes on IR, career in jeopardy Walter Jones may have taken his last snap as an NFL.player. ht courtesy of Associated P .... Toan Nyugen STUDENT REPORTER Walter Jones, who plays for the Seahawks and is number 71, was placed on the injured reserve list on Oct. 28, 2009, which ended his season. Jones began the season with a knee injury that he suffered last year in the Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys. Despite two surgeries, Jones is still feeling the pain, which will cause him to miss the rest of the season. Jones was drafted in 1997 as the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft and the second offensive tackle chosen. He has always been the six foot five, 265-pound "Mr. Reliable" for the Seahawks ever since he entered the league. He is a nine-time All-Pro and was recognized by John Madden in 2004 as the best player in the NFL. "Sporting News" chose him as the top player in the NFL in 2006. Jones played 10 straight seasons before missing a game and has played 180 total games in his 13-year career. Jones' absence is surely felt on the field as the Seahawks are currently 3-6 and are ranked twenty-seventh in the run. The Hawks have also allowed 23 sacks (tied for tenth highest) and 47 quarterback hits (tied for eleventh highest). Compared to the 2005 season, where they averaged 4.7 yards a run (third in the NFL) and allowed only 27 sacks for the entire year. But these unfortunate circumstances are hardest on Jones. "It's a tough situation because I've always been there. I've always been that guy when it was time to play football. I've always been there," he said. when asked about his recent injury. Jones is on the wrong side of 30 and there has been talk of drafting a tackle to replace Jones this year. Russell Okung, from Oklahoma State and Bruce Campbell, from Maryland, are the highest ranked tackles entering this year's draft and are certainly an option that the Seahawks should consider. At this point, it seems unlikely ithat the man filling in for.Jones now, Sean Locklear, can be a consistent replacement at the position. Locklear has had consistant injury issues since arriving in Seattle, forcing the team to play backups at one of the most important positions in football. Jones is not considering retirement and head coach, Jim Mora, doesn't plan on letting him go. Jones will be turning 36 in January and has voiced that he will continue to play. "My next step is to keep working and try to get back. I still want to play this game. I still have the love," he said. Mora has not given up on Jones either. At the conference releasing the news about Jones, Mora said,"It is too early for a career eulogy, but the excellence that is Walter is probably unparalleled at that position in the history of the game. This guy has done everything that you can do to be a great player, year in and year out." Seahawk fans should not hang up their Jones jerseys yet because all signs are pointing to the return of Mr Reliable next season. Jones is loved by the fans of Seattle, who hope for a speedy recovery. Jones' heart and passion for the game is an inspiration for all of his teammates and should be for upcoming athletes. SPORTS@THEJIBSHEET.COM Managing college expenses doesn't have to be difficult Let us help you find ways to lighten your financial load When it comes to managing your college finances, Wells Fargo has all kinds of tools to help you make smart decisions. 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