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No timetable for Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones' return

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Arthur Jones is dealing with a non-football related illness and won't play this Thursday against Denver.

Art Jones will have further testing done on a non-football related illness on Wednesday.
Art Jones will have further testing done on a non-football related illness on Wednesday.
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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.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Harbaugh reiterates a non-life threatening, non-football injury for DE Art Jones. Tests on Wednesday. Not sure how long he&#39;ll be out.</p>&mdash; Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ravens/statuses/374942593828003840">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>
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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:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>As many of you know i&#39;m having personal health issues. Please respect my privacy. We as athlete&#39;s go through real life problems also.Thank..</p>&mdash; Arthur Jones (@Artj97) <a href="https://twitter.com/Artj97/statuses/374971626770956288">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>You all for your love and support. Ravens fans are the best!! See you all on the field soon!!! : ) <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Onelove&amp;src=hash">#Onelove</a></p>&mdash; Arthur Jones (@Artj97) <a href="https://twitter.com/Artj97/statuses/374972599740399616">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>
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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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