No timetable on Arthur Jones' return from hip injury

Defensive end unsure about his availability for Thursday's preseason opener, but he wants to address injury now

August 04, 2012|By Edward Lee

Arthur Jones has missed the Ravens’ last three days of practice, and the defensive end said he isn’t sure when he’ll return to the field.

“I have no idea,” he said after the team’s practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday. “Right now, I’m just letting the trainers do what they do best and that’s taking care of injuries. I’m excited to get back. Watching these guys, these guys are having fun out there and I just can’t wait to get back with the team.”

Coach John Harbaugh said Friday that Jones underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam on a sore hip flexor, and Jones said it was a relief that the injury is not serious. 

“I was praying and everything like that just to make sure it was nothing too serious,” he said. “God answered my prayers, so I’m excited about that.”

Jones said the pain in his hip was noticeable but not debilitating. Still, he said addressing it now was more preferable than risking further injury during the regular season.

“Yeah, it was a little nagging injury that bothered me,” he said. “I’d rather fix it now before it becomes a serious, big injury. Right now, we’re doing all the right things, icing it and stem and treating it every single day. I can’t wait to get back out here with these guys.”

For now, Jones is listed as the first defensive end, just ahead of Pernell McPhee. But with McPhee still working his way back into full contact after coming off the physically-unable-to-perform list on Wednesday, it’s unclear who might start at defensive end in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Jones said that option is the furthest thing from his mind.

“I have no idea,” he said of his availability for Thursday night. “Right now, I’m just going to take care of business with being a professional and taking care of my body.”

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