- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jones suffered a sprained left knee in last week's victory over Tampa Bay. Jones was off to a strong start as the full-time punter. He had a net average of 40.7 and allowed just 22 return yards. Now, he's on the sideline hoping to return in two weeks, just in time for the Oct. 14 game at Baltimore.
"I'm hoping, I don't know, they haven't given me a deadline yet," Jones said after Thursday's practice. "I don't know how long it will be. I want to be back this week, but."
Jones' voice tailed off because he understands how serious his injury could have been. He was hit on a punt attempt in last week's victory over Tampa Bay. The ball wasn't blocked, but he knew something was wrong with his knee when he got to the sideline. He punted once more and was able to hold but was in pain the rest of the game.
The good news is that Jones said he doesn't need surgery.
"That was a big relief. That's six months minimum more than likely and possibly, depending on how you come back from it, a career-ending deal," Jones said. "It could be bad, but I didn't know what it was going to be. I knew it didn't feel good and they came in and basically diagnosed at halftime."