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Colts DE Arthur Jones Suffers High Ankle Sprain

Colts defensive end Arthur Jones suffered a high ankle sprain during tonight's game against the Eagles.

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The Colts lead the Eagles 17-6 at halftime and all in all, they've looked impressive.  We'll be talking about that much more tonight as things go on, but right now let's take a moment and look at a rather significant injury suffered by the Colts tonight.

Defensive end Arthur Jones was injured late in the second quarter and had to be taken off the field on a cart.  It was an ankle injury and we've since found out that the initial x-rays showed a high ankle sprain.  With an injury like that, the recovery time is typically 4-6 weeks.

Jones was questionable entering the game with a shoulder injury, but this injury is unrelated.  The Colts signed him to a 5-year, $33 million deal this offseason with the intent to improve the run defense, and that's really where they'll miss Jones a lot.  Jones is a talented player along the defensive line for the Colts who was playing solid this year but who was likely going to be an even bigger impact player as the season went on.  It's encouraging that Jones will return this year (as when the cart comes out fears run rampant), but it looks like the Colts will have to play without Jones for a month or so.

In his absence, Zach Kerr and Ricky Jean Francois will step up and see increased playing time.  Especially with Kerr, fans will be excited to see him.  While you never want him to have to get in due to an injury to a player like Jones, it'll be good to see the undrafted rookie get more playing time.