Everything seemed to be falling into place for Jacoby Jones to have a sensational 2013 NFL season, especially after putting on the “hero” hat during the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl run. Instead, he could miss several weeks due to a sprained knee suffered in the season opener against the Denver Broncos.
The injury occurred when Jones’ teammate, undrafted rookie Brynden Trawick, ran into him while he was watching the sky during a punt return. Jones, the Ravens’ No. 2 wide receiver, immediately fell to the ground while clutching his knee.
Jones went to the sideline, got a quick check from the trainer, and limped off to the locker room. He returned to the field in the second half donning street clothes.
Diagnosed with a sprained knee, Jones will undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the damage. Although the injury didn’t look like something that could end his season, there’s a good chance that he might have torn his MCL – that would cost him 4-6 weeks. All speculation aside, though, we’ll have a better idea of where Jones is after the MRI.
Before the injury, Jones had caught three passes for 24 yards.
If Jones does miss significant time, the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco could be at a huge disadvantage. The passing game struggled mightily as the lack of wide receiver depth began to show, and the absence of Dennis Pitta at tight end was an obvious crutch. Flacco was forced to depend on aging veterans Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley, who both are well past their prime. Put simply, it wasn’t pretty.
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The Ravens will be hoping to get Jones back sooner than later, but knee injuries are always a concern. If it kept him out of such a big game, Jones could be watching from the sidelines for the foreseeable future.