Early in Saturday's preseason game, Colts defensive tackle went down with an ankle injury. And the initial indications aren't too promising, though there has been nothing official from the team.
First, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported on Sunday that Jones was going to see a foot and ankle specialist. Then today, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Jones is seeking a second opinion on his ankle. Whether or not that is a second opinion in addition to seeing the specialist or whether seeing the specialist is that second opinion isn't clear, but here's the reality: a player seeking a second opinion almost always is not a good thing, as it means that he didn't like the initial diagnosis.
There are rumblings that it's another high ankle sprain for Jones and that he will miss a significant period of time, but we're still awaiting word as to how severe the injury. It sounds like the Colts and Jones are as well, as he is seeking a second opinion and seeing a specialist. Hopefully we will know more soon, but the initial indications aren't too encouraging.
Losing Jones would obviously be a huge loss for the defense, as he was signed in 2013 to really improve the run defense. He missed a good portion of the 2014 season with a high ankle sprain, however, and never fully recovered from that, meaning that we were looking forward to seeing what a healthy Jones could do for this run defense in 2015. But it's sounding possible that he will again miss significant time with another ankle injury, which would be a big blow to the defense. If he does have to miss time, guys like Montori Hughes, Henry Anderson, and Zach Kerr would likely all have to step up and help handle the void.