Byron Jones is on the mend in Miami.
Jones underwent surgery this week to repair a lingering left ankle injury, NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe reported Wednesday. The star cornerback is expected to be out about two months and should be ready from training camp, Wolfe added.
Ahead of his third season with the Dolphins, Jones posted a photo Wednesday of himself in a hospital bed with his left leg shaved and then in a boot. Jones’ caption: “Having a shaved leg is cool but it is NOT worth the free surgery afterwards.”
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Jones’ $14.375 million salary in 2022 is now fully guaranteed due to injury, Wolfe added, which could take off the table the possibility of the corner being moved when the new league year opens on March 16.
The 29-year-old veteran signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal to join the Dolphins from the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, pairing with fellow star (and highly paid) corner Xavien Howard. Jones has played in 30 games for Miami, recording two picks, 14 passes defensed and two forced fumbles in two seasons in South Beach. The newcomer has failed to parlay his play into a Pro Bowl appearance, while Howard, a Dolphins lifer who negotiated a restructure of his deal ahead of last season, has been to two consecutive Pro Bowls since Jones’ arrival and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2020.
Wolfe added that the Dolphins were reported to be in the market for another corner in free agency, potentially J.C. Jackson, the top CB available, previously of the New England Patriots.
How Jones’ setback affects Miami’s plans to bolster its secondary in the offseason remains to be seen.
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