Julio Jones to have surgery

Updated: March 3, 2011, 11:43 AM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN

Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones will have a screw inserted to repair a stress fracture in his foot on Saturday morning.

Noted foot specialist Robert Anderson will perform the surgery in Charlotte, N.C. Jones' agent, Jimmy Sexton, said Jones should be healed within "six to eight weeks."

The stress fracture was discovered in an MRI two days before he participated in NFL scouting combine workouts. He had experienced no symptoms, said Sexton, and Jones insisted upon proceeding with the workout and suffered no additional injury.

"Julio had such an outstanding combine he doesn't have need to participate in Alabama's pro day next [Wednesday] and he should be healed by the draft," said Sexton. "Dr. Anderson is very confident this will not be anything that impedes Julio going forward."

The 6-foot-3 Jones, who weighed in at 220 pounts, had the seventh-fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine at 4.39, despite running with the injury. His broad jump of 11 feet, 3 inches was the best at the combine and two inches away from the record.

He is currently the 13th-ranked prospect in Scouts Inc's Top 32 draftable players and the second-ranked receiver behind A.J. Green.

Jones led all Crimson Tide receivers with 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns last season, both more than twice as many as 'Bama's No. 2 receiver, Marquis Maze.

Chris Mortensen is ESPN's senior NFL analyst. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.