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Monday, September 10, 2012
MRI negative for Ricky Seals-Jones

By Damon Sayles

Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy), the nation’s top-rated receiver, received some good news on Monday regarding his injured knee.

Seals-Jones said an MRI revealed no major structural damage after he suffered a dislocated left kneecap in Thursday’s game against Houston St. Pius X. Seals-Jones, No. 10 on the ESPN 150 list, is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which could mean a return to the football field during the final weeks of Sealy’s district season.

A high four-star athlete, Seals-Jones first took to Twitter Friday morning to thank all who had shown their concern.

“I want to thank everyone for your support and prayers,” he tweeted. “I am just fine but a Lil sore. I'll be #back #stx”

Chester Jones, Seals-Jones’ father, said his son wasn’t letting the injury get him down. Seals-Jones took in a volleyball game with friends on Friday. He also has been preparing to become an unofficial player-coach for his team as practices for the week get underway.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound athlete who plays multiple positions at Sealy, suffered the injury while making a tackle late in the third quarter. He was placed on a stretcher, and his leg was put in an air cast before being taken to a local hospital via ambulance. The knee socket was set back in place late Thursday evening.

Seals-Jones has been a major topic of discussion throughout the weekend. Once committed to Texas, he chose to decommit from the Longhorns in June in an effort to check out a few other programs. Seals-Jones has Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Baylor and Oregon high on his recruiting list, and he is working on finalizing official dates soon.

Seals-Jones, because of injuries at the position, played quarterback primarily on Thursday. He has lined up for Sealy at quarterback, receiver and safety, and he’s also returned punts. Seals-Jones rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries in Sealy’s 45-21 loss to St. Pius X.

“We didn’t think [the injury] was that bad at first,” Chester Jones said, “but you’ve got to be real careful with all that. There was some swelling, but he said there wasn’t a lot of it hurting him.”

The injury not only affected Sealy followers but also St. Pius X players. Four-star quarterback Kohl Stewart, a fellow ESPN 150 player and a good friend of Seals-Jones, said a rally by way of Twitter showing support. Stewart, who has committed to Texas A&M, is hoping to call Seals-Jones a teammate next season.

“The whole SPX community is behind him and praying for him,” Stewart said. “He’s an awesome friend and an even more awesome football player. Everyone is behind him through it all.”