I guess something will be different when a football player turns to 35 years old, even though he is a nine-time Pro Bowler. That was my true thought when I read the news of Walter Jones leaving the Seattle Seahawks practice again with another injury.
Jones took part in just one series with the starting offense before he took off his seahawks jersey and left the field in pain. He stuggled by wincing and holding his back for a few moments before he eventually summoned the trainer to escort him into team headquarters.
The 35-year-old left tackle has been used as linchpin to Seattle's offense line for the past decade. But this year he has missed practice more than once. Contract issues, knee surgery and this time, back injury. I just wonder whether he will be able to learn the new zone-blocking scheme of first-year offensive coordinator Greg Knapp well enough to lead the team again.