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Carolina Panthers S Colin Jones returns to practice, moves well

Carolina Panthers safety Colin Jones, right, returned to practice Tuesday despite a groin injury that had the team fearing the worst.
Carolina Panthers safety Colin Jones, right, returned to practice Tuesday despite a groin injury that had the team fearing the worst. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

A day after Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera braced for bad news for safety Colin Jones, the fifth-year player returned to practice and moved around well despite his injured groin.

Jones went to a specialist Monday and the Panthers feared his groin injury was worse than originally thought. But Tuesday he showed up to practice with his helmet.

“Basically what the doctors said was, it’s not bad and however he needed to be treated they treated him and sent him on his way,” Rivera said. “And then he worked out and looked really good. I’ll talk to (head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion) and see how it went but Colin seemed to have a nice, big smile on his face.”

Jones is listed as a safety but also plays backup nickel cornerback and is a key player on special teams because of his speed and tackling ability.

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