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If the Colts run defense was horrendous with Arthur Jones on the defensive line, imagine it without him.

As Indy looks to build a defense capable of contemplating the steady rise of Andrew Luck's game into elite status, their efforts were dealt a huge blow yesterday when it was revealed that defensive tackle Arthur Jones will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle. The surgery makes him a candidate for the injured reserve/designated to return list, although things will get complicated if the surgery reveals any more damage.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport, if the surgery reveals that Jones has suffered joint damage in the ankle, he could miss the entire season as a result.

Signed as a big-money free agent from the Ravens, Jones battled through pain in his ankle last year, a setback that saw him play in only nine games last season. In his limited time, Jones recorded 34 total tackles, one forced fumble and just 1.5 sacks, all after being inked to a five-year, $33 million deal.

Photo credit: CBS Sports

Mark Burke 9/03/2015 09:00:00 AM Edit
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