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Hawks Put LT Walter Jones on IR; Carrer Over?

Walter Jones has gone on the Seahawks’ injured reserve list, ending the six-time All-Pro left tackle’s season and perhaps his illustrious career.

Coach Jim Mora said Wednesday the 35-year-old Jones still has pain that is “not bearable” in his surgically repaired left knee. The anchor to Seattle’s offensive line for the last decade has had two knee surgeries since he last played last Thanksgiving.

Mora is not ruling out a third surgery for the nine-time Pro Bowl selection, and he has no idea whether Jones can or will want to return in 2010.

“We are going to let him heal up, have whatever procedures our medical staff feels is necessary and then we’ll evaluate early next year,” the coach said. “I’ll say this: Walter has done everything that is humanly possible to get back and help this football team. He’s been amazing in his attitude and his approach to this. But it’s just not happening.”

Though all signs point toward retirement for the man former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren last year called the best offensive player he’s ever coached, Mora is not ready to say goodbye.

“It is too early for a career eulogy, but the excellence of Walter is probably unparalleled at that position in the history of the game,” Mora said. “His level of consistency, his level of excellence, is unmatched. … In a world where there is so much boastfulness now and self promotion, Walter has just gone about his business in a very respectful, dignified way, and it’s earned him a lot of respect—not only in the way he’s played on the field, but the way he’s carried himself as a man.”


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