Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren updated reporters on Walter Jones' knee, saying the Seahawks offensive tackle had microfracture surgery on his left knee on Thursday and should be available for training camp.
"They just did not feel that there was any way that it was going to get any better," Holmgren said. "And he could not do what he needed to do to to play."
Holmgren said Jones doesn't remember the specific play he got injured, but clearly against Dallas it showed.
Jones becomes the fifth lineman to go on the injured reserve, joining Chris Gray, Rob Sims, Mike Wahle and Chris Spencer.
For those of you looking for a definition of microfracture knee surgery, you find more information on the surgery here.
Basically, doctors pick tiny holes into the bone of the knee which allows a regeneration of the cartilage. Recovery from the surgery widely varies depending on how extensive the surgery is. However, Holmgren said Jones surgery was not on a weight-bearing surface, and he expects Jones, 34, to have a full recovery and be ready to go when training camp comes around in July.
"Yeah he's 34," Holmgren said. "But I think he's a very special player, and the knee won't prevent him from playing anymore. And his shoulder's felt good. So he was having a good year."
Holmgren said Jones being out for the rest of the season will have no bearing on if Matt Hasselbeck plays again this year. Hasselbeck will be the third quarterback on Sunday.
You can listen to Holmgren talk about Jones here.
And the evaluation of Sean Locklear at left tackle continues for the Seahawks with Jones out. Holmgren said it remains to be seen how Locklear will evolve as a left tackle in the future.
"I think the left tackle position on anybody's team is a very important position," he said. "That's a key position, and this is kind of his audition, I suppose."
Lineback Leroy Hill came out to practice late and did not go through drills. Holmgren said Hill probably will not play on Sunday.
Red Bryant (ankle) and C.J. Wallace (hamstring) practiced and are questionable for the game.