Here’s what coach Jim Mora had to say about Walter Jones in announcing that the team’s nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle will be placed on injured reserve:
“After much deliberation and evaluation and soul searching between the team, the medical staff and Walter Jones, it has been determined that the best thing to do for Walter, for this football team and for his future is to put him on injured reserve.
“We’re going to shut him down. We’re going to let him heal up, have whatever procedures our medical staff feels is necessary and then re-evaluated early next year.”
Mora added that it is too early to speculate on whether Jones has played his final game for the team.
“I will say this, Walter has done everything that is humanly possible to try and get back to help this football team,” Mora said. “He’s been amazing in his attitude and his approach to this. His determination to get back on the football field has never been in question. But it’s just not happening.”
It was out of respect to Jones and that determination that the club waited this long to make the move. Jones had microfracture surgery on his left knee in December. He tried to return during training camp, but pain in the knee led to him having a procedure in August to remove scar tissue and loose particles. The knee began to feel better, but Jones has been bothered by persistent pain.