Call it what you want, but without letting to much information out to all the media hounds, a friend of a friend has told me last week he had a conversation with Walter Jones and he has in fact decided to retire, he just wasn’t sure when the right time was to announce it to Seattle Seahawks fans and the general public.
So knowing that my brother is very reliable and a personal neighbor and friend of Walter Jones i’m taking this as rock solid 100% information, i just know it will never be the same Seahawks offense without the great Walter Jones anchoring it’s O-Line.
On Tuesday, the first day of a voluntary three-day minicamp that Jones didn’t attend, new coach Pete Carroll said Jones has been close to announcing his retirement.
“I haven’t talked to Walter in a while now. The last time I did he is really considering that he’s going to retire – but hasn’t made the decision final enough to come to you guys and make an announcement,” Carroll said. “We will just have to wait and see on that one.
“But we support him. He has been a great Seahawk over the years and we support whatever he is going to do here.”
Jones tried to return from the microfracture surgery for training camp last summer. He made it through a couple of practices, then had arthroscopic surgery on the knee in August. He later went on the injured reserve list. His pain was exacerbated by a kidney condition diagnosed when he was a rookie that keeps him from taking anti-inflammatories to combat swelling and pain.
He said in January that his knee “feels pretty good” following months of rehabilitation but acknowledged it “still has a long way to go” to get back to playing shape. The microfracture surgery in December 2008 drilled holes in the knee to regenerate cartilage. The general recovery time for that operation calls for running to begin by six months and a return to competition by nine months, a span that would have ended two days before last season’s opener.
But few, if any, have had that surgery while in their mid-30s while needing to support about 350 pounds on a knee with holes drilled into it.