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News » Seattle Seahawks Inside Slant 2009-05-08


Seattle Seahawks Inside Slant 2009-05-08


Seattle Seahawks Inside Slant 2009-05-08
Perhaps veteran offensive tackle Walter Jones isn't as healthy as the Seattle Seahawks' brass publicly stated.


Team sources on Thursday disputed reports that recently released Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones was scheduled for a visit this week.

Levi Jones played left tackle for the Bengals, and was a first-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2002, selected 10th overall. He played seven seasons for the Bengals, seeing action in 94 games with 89 starts.

However, Jones finished last year on the shelf, suffering a season-ending leg injury against Philadelphia and missing the last six games. Jones also has missed 17 games in the last three seasons.

The Seahawks could be looking to add depth at offensive tackle, with Walter Jones not participating in the team's minicamp while still rehabbing from microfracture surgery on his left knee. The team has said it expects Jones to return in time for the beginning of training camp in July.

However, if Jones cannot return, GM Tim Ruskell has said the plan is for right tackle Sean Locklear to move to left tackle, and Ray Willis to fill-in at right tackle, so the report of the team looking at Levi Jones was odd.

But perhaps the Seahawks are considering the former Bengal as a replacement for Walter Jones at left tackle should the Pro Bowler fail to return to his high level of play.

Willis said he still expects Jones to return, and that the current configuration of the teams' offensive line with Locklear at left tackle and Willis at right tackle is not a preview of the future.

"No, we're all just going out there and trying to work hard," Willis said. "We're not really concerned with that. Everybody's just trying to go out there and do their job.

"It's difficult to imagine the Seahawks without Walter Jones because of what he's done for his organization. He's a freak of nature. He's a marvel. I think he's one of those guys who can play as long as he wants in this league at the level he plays at, which is an elite, premiere level. So I think it's going to be his decision on when he want to walk away."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 8, 2009

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Walter Jones Name: Walter Jones
#71
Position: OT
Age: 34
Experience: 12 years
College: Florida State
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