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Chiefs' Jones released from hospital

Posted: Wednesday August 06, 2003 4:30 PM

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Kansas City offensive tackle Willie Jones was released from the hospital Wednesday, two days after spraining his neck and temporarily losing feeling in his body during a game.

Jones was injured late in the first half of the Chiefs' 9-0 win Monday against the Green Bay Packers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.

Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said Jones was discharged from Aultman Hospital on Wednesday. Moore said Jones, who lost feeling in arms and legs, had improved enough to go home.

"He seems to be fine," Moore said from the Chiefs' training camp in River Falls, Minn. "Everything seems to be working."

Moore said Jones will return to Kansas City for more medical evaluation.

Jones was injured with 17 seconds left in the second quarter after briefly blocking Green Bay Packers linebacker Marcus Wilkins on a pass play.

The 6-foot-6, 355-pounder, who suffered temporary paralysis on a similar play in practice last season, lay motionless for nearly 10 minutes before being removed from the field on a stretcher.

Jones appeared in six games with the Chiefs last season. He hurt his neck in a Nov. 7 practice, missed two games and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

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