Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora told reporters after practice today that offensive tackle Walter Jones will have arthroscopic surgery on his surgically repaired left knee on Thursday to clean up what is believed to be loose bodies or scar tissue from his previous surgery.
Mora said the issued was discovered after Jones received an MRI.
Mora said there’s no timetable for Jones’ return. However, the team doesn’t expect Jones to be out for an extended period of time.
Jones' surgery will be performed by Dr. Ed Khalfayan at Seattle Surgery Center.
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Mora also announced that defensive back Marcus Trufant has a “disk issue” discovered after the team had an MRI performed on his back, but is getting better and will not have surgery.
“It’s good that we found this out now rather than in the middle of the season and try to push him through it because now we can make some decision on how we move forward,” Mora said.
Mora said Trufant has been rehabilitating in the pool at the team’s facility. Mora described Trufant’s injury as similar to Matt Hasselbeck’s back injury last season, and that the experience of dealing with the Seattle’s quraterback’s bulging disk should help in the treatment of Trufant.
Mora said Trufant also does not have a timetable for his return, and that the team was approaching the regular season as both Jones and Trufant will not be ready for the team’s opener Sept. 13 at Qwest Field against the St. Louis Rams
Jones returned to practice on Monday after missing nearly two weeks with back spasms. However, he only made it through halfway of practice before asking out of a team drill due to pain in his knee. Jones later left the field with a trainer. The veteran tackle had only worked out in three of the team’s 21 practices during training camp.
Trufant was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the beginning of camp, and is eligible to join the team on active roster until the Seahawks make final cuts for the 53-man roster. If Trufant cannot pass a physical at that time, the team can keep him up the PUP list and Trufant would have to miss at least the first six weeks of the season. Mora said linebacker Aaron Curry suffered a slight groin pull during Tuesday night’s practice and should be ready to play on Saturday. Curry did not practice Wednesday afternoon.
Others who did not practice include Grey Ruegamer (elbow), Lawrence Jackson (groin), Nate Burleson (hamstring), Julius Jones (bruised thigh) and Courtney Taylor.
Julius Jones is expected to be ready for Saturday’s game.