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Uh-oh: Seahawks' Jones leaves practice early

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RENTON, Wash. - Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones has left Seahawks practice early with an apparent back injury.

The 35-year-old linchpin to Seattle's offensive line for the past decade was practicing yesterday for the third time since training camp began July 31. He took part in one series with the starting offense when he left the field in pain. He stood and kneeled next to a trainer while wincing and holding his back for a few moments. He eventually summoned the trainer to escort him into team headquarters.

"(Trainers) just said, 'Hey, we're taking Walt in.  He's not feeling right," said coach Jim Mora to the Associated Press on Monday.

Jones has missed time in Seahawks training camp before because of contract issues. But this time he is coming off microfracture knee surgery and is learning the new zone-blocking scheme of first-year offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.  Right tackle Sean Locklear is taking Jones' spot until he can return to the lineup.  Ray Willis is at right tackle.

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said he wasn't too concerned about Jones, given that several veterans within the Seahawks organization told him not to worry about Jones.

"I would like him to (practice) because I've never worked with him," Knapp told the AP.  "But I've been told by many people in the building here, 'Don't worry.  You don't have to worry about Walt.'"

The Seahawks open the regular season Sept. 13 against division-rival St. Louis.



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