Ricky Seals-Jones Injury: Updates on A&M WR's Knee Surgery, Likely Return Date
Ricky Seals-Jones’ promising freshman season may be cut short, as the Texas A&M star recruit is set to undergo knee surgery this coming Friday. The talented wideout made the announcement Thursday morning via Twitter.
Got surgery fri 😬 speedy recovery !— Jones Jr. (@RickySealsJones) September 19, 2013
Seals-Jones will take a medical redshirt and sit out the rest of the season.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 1
From San Antonio Express-News reporter Brent Zwerneman:
Sumlin confirms on radio show Seals-Jones will receive medical redshirt this season & not try to play later in yr (only played in 2 games).— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) October 2, 2013
Sumlin said Seals-Jones hurt knee when he let up in reaching goal line vs. Rice & was hit from behind. Said lesson is to not let up.— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) October 2, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 24
From Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News:
Sumlin confirms medical redshirt likely for WR Ricky Seals-Jones (knee surgery) He told RSJ a redshirt yr worked out well for Mike Evans.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) September 24, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 19
From ESPN's Brett McMurphy:
Texas A&M freshman WR Ricky Seals-Jones will undergo knee surgery Friday, school announces— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 20, 2013
Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News reported on Tuesday that the Aggies are considering a medical redshirt for Seals-Jones. That decision would sideline him for the rest of the season.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin explained his thought process behind the possible redshirt to radio host Dave South, as per Zwerneman:
He was in there a little bit (against Alabama), but his knee is kind of bothering him, and we’re going to do what’s best for him. He’s injured and he tried to go a little bit on Saturday and it’s still not right. So we’re looking at it from a medical standpoint … he’s either going to play up to a certain point in time, which is now, or he gets a medical redshirt.
Seals-Jones was a standout in the opener, hauling in three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown against Rice. However, he wasn’t able to get on the field in Week 2 against Sam Houston State and was limited to a few snaps and zero catches in A&M’s tough loss to rival Alabama.
If he’s forced to sit out—and nothing is yet final, as coach Sumlin described the situation as an “ongoing conversation,” as per Zwerneman—it would be a tough loss for the team.
Seals-Jones was the highest-rated player in the Aggies’ 2013 recruiting class. 247Sports listed the 6’5”, 225-pound wideout as the No. 25 overall talent on the site’s composite rankings, and he is expected to be a major playmaker for the program going forward.
Because Seals-Jones has played in less than 30 percent of his team's games, he’s eligible to take a medical redshirt and miss the Aggies’ nine remaining contests, plus possible appearances in the SEC championship and bowl game.
He would be eligible to play again at the start of the 2014 campaign.
It’s going to be a tough decision, but it's safe to presume Coach Sumlin and the receiver will reach the best resolution for all parties involved.
Texas A&M takes on Southern Methodist on Saturday night at 7 p.m. EDT, so you can expect Seals-Jones’ redshirt status to be decided by then.
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