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Published: Saturday, November 28, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

SEAHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Jones’ status will be game-time decision

  • Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald
running back Julius Jones
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Sports - NFL Football - Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald running back Julius Jones Photo shot 110809 Sports - NFL Football - Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks

RENTON — Seahawks coach Jim Mora sounded confident that his team would have starting running back Julius Jones when the subject came up early in the week.
By Friday, however, Mora and Jones both sounded less optimistic about Jones’ chances at returning for Seattle’s game in St. Louis Sunday.
Jones, who missed last week’s game in Minnesota with a bruised lung, is listed as questionable on this week’s injury report, meaning there is a 50-50 chance of him playing. Jones practiced on a limited basis the last two days after taking Wednesday off.
“We’re going to have to see where Julius is on Sunday,” Mora said. “It’s looking more and more like it’s going to be a game time decision.”
Jones said there’s still pain in his chest, and that he’ll leave the decision up to the team’s medical staff. Of the injury, which happened on a blitz pickup against Arizona two weeks ago, Jones said: “I didn’t really realize how serious my injury was because my adrenaline was going so much. I didn’t really know how serious it was until I started coughing up blood.”
Jones would certainly like to come back to play the Rams — his best game of the season was a 117-yard effort against St. Louis in the opener — but he won’t rush things if he’s not ready.
“I’m going to do whatever the trainers have me do,” he said. “It’s up to them, I’m going to do what they say. This is something you don’t want to play with. If they feel like I’m safe to be out there then I’ll be out there.”
If Jones is able to play, he will start.
“If he can go he’ll start,” Mora said. “We’re not going to activate him and not start him. Now that doesn’t mean that he’ll take 20 carries either, but if he can go we want to get him going.”
The Seahawks expect to have everyone available with the possible exception of Jones. Defensive tackle Red Bryant is listed as questionable with a knee injury, but Mora indicated he should be able to play.
Rams hurting
In a change of pace from earlier in the season, the Seahawks will be the healthier team Sunday. The Rams are missing starting quarterback Marc Bulger with a knee injury, and could be out several other key offensive players. Running back Steven Jackson, the NFL’s second-leading rusher, didn’t practice this week and is questionable because of back spasms. Tackle Jason Smith is not expected to play because of a concussion, and guard Richie Incognito (foot) and fullback Mike Karney (neck) are both questionable.
Herald Writer John Boyle: jboyle@heraldnet.com. For more Seahawks coverage, check out the Seahawks blog at heraldnet.com/seahawksblog
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