The good news is that whatever illness defensive tackle Arthur Jones has isn't life-threatening.
The bad news is that it's unknown when he'll be able to participate in football activities again. After Tuesday's practice, coach John Harbaugh told reporters that Jones would see a specialist on Wednesday to figure out exactly what was going on.
Harbaugh reiterates a non-life threatening, non-football injury for DE Art Jones. Tests on Wednesday. Not sure how long he'll be out.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 3, 2013
Harbaugh added that Jones could be out a week or indefinitely, but that it was likely not the latter. However, until he takes some tests, his outlook will be unknown to the organization.
Jones gave a statement on twitter:
As many of you know i'm having personal health issues. Please respect my privacy. We as athlete's go through real life problems also.Thank..— Arthur Jones (@Artj97) September 3, 2013
You all for your love and support. Ravens fans are the best!! See you all on the field soon!!! : ) #Onelove— Arthur Jones (@Artj97) September 3, 2013
Without Jones in the lineup against Denver, the Ravens will likely trot out Marcus Spears in his place. Spears in a run-stopping defensive end that can plug in and allow Haloti Ngata to stay at nose tackle.
There's also the option of moving Ngata over to three-technique defensive end and putting Terrence Cody at nose tackle in sub packages as well.
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