I haven’t been posting much lately; my schedule has been quite unforgiving, and the computer I use has been giving me trouble.
Today, however, deserves a post. Today, the Seattle Seahawks placed left tackle Walter Jones on the injured reserve.
Walter Jones has been the cornerstone of Seattle’s offensive line for over a decade; he is arguably the greatest player to ever wear a Seahawks uniform. Now that his season is officially over, we may never see him play another down in the National Football League.
I know he wants to try and return next season. And I’m sure he probably wants a better ending to his career.
But a return probably isn’t realistic; a 35-year old offensive linemen coming off major knee surgery that can’t take anything stronger than Tylenol is going to have a difficult time returning to action.
Walter Jones isn’t going to admit that. The organization isn’t going to reveal plans to move on. Even a majority of Seahawks fans haven’t been able to grasp the inevitable.
Since 1997, we’ve been spoiled. Walter Jones is not only the greatest Seahawk ever (in my opinion), he is also one of the best offensive tackles to ever play the game. After 180 starts in a Seahawks uniform, it may be time to accept that his career could be over.
It is definitely a sad day in Seattle.