SEAHAWKS NOTES: Surgery reveals no major damage for Hawks’ Walter Jones

RENTON — The news Thursday on Walter Jones was about as good as news can be when discussing a 35-year-old football player having his second knee surgery in eight months.

Jones, Seattle’s left tackle and a sure-fire future Hall of Famer, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday morning, and no major damage was discovered.

Dr. Ed Khalfayan removed what was classified as loose bodies from Jones’ knee, as well as some scar tissue from his December microfracture surgery.

A team spokesman said that doctors found what they were expecting to, and that Jones will begin rehabbing immediately. His status will be evaluated in a couple of weeks, the spokesman said, and no immediate timetable on Jones’ return was given.

If Jones isn’t back for the Seahawks’ first game, which is a very real possibility given that his surgery occurred just three weeks and three days before the opener, Sean Locklear will start at left tackle with Ray Willis starting on the right side. Jones, a nine-time Pro Bowler, missed the last four games of last season with the knee injury that led to his microfracture surgery.

Starters to get more work

Most of the Seahawks’ starters played only a couple of series in the team’s first preseason game, but that workload should go up when the Seahawks host Denver Saturday night. The starters are expected to play most if not all of the first half.

Wrotto to work with ones

Mansfield Wrotto, who is battling for a starting spot at right guard, will work with the first team offense Saturday. Mora had said earlier this week that rookie Max Unger might start at that spot.

Two-a-days come to an end

Thursday night’s practice marked the last two-a-day for the Seahawks, who break training camp tomorrow. Players have said that it has been a tough three weeks with few breaks in the heavy work load. Or, as guard Rob Sims summed it up with a smile, “You keep waiting for the coaches to throw you a bone, but that bone never came.”

The coaches threw the players a bit of a bone in the morning, ending the day’s first practice after about an hour and 15 minutes.

“It’s always good when it’s a little shorter,” Sims said.

Injury report

In addition to Jones and Marcus Trufant (back), the team was also without linebacker Aaron Curry for the second straight day. The rookie linebacker has what Seahawks coach Jim Mora on Wednesday called a minor groin strain. Also out were guard Grey Ruegamer (elbow), receiver Nate Burleson (hamstring), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (groin), and defensive end Michael Bennett (undisclosed). Bennett returned for the evening practice. Center Chris Spencer (ankle) and tackle Ray Willis (knee) have been off and on with their injuries and were given the morning off, but returned for the evening practice. Running back Julius Jones was back in action after missing the first three days this week with a thigh bruise, but took the night off. Receiver Courtney Taylor was also back after missing the last two practices.

Herald Writer John Boyle: jboyle@heraldnet.com. For more Seahawks coverage, check out the Seahawks blog at heraldnet.com/seahawksblog

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