Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas sophomore defensive end Eddie Jones underwent successful surgery Friday to repair injured ligaments in his right ankle.
The surgery fixed an injury that occurred in the Longhorns' 24-21 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl victory over Ohio State on Jan. 5.
Texas football trainer Kenny Boyd said the injury will force Jones to miss spring practice, which will begin for the Longhorns on Feb. 27.
Jones had been a favorite to claim a starting defensive end position with the departure of seniors Brian Orakpo and Henry Melton from the Longhorns' defense.
"I would like to say thanks to my teammates and their families, and to my family and friends for the support they have shown me," Jones said. "I am very disappointed that I will be unable to practice in the spring. Just because I won't be practicing or working out with my teammates does not mean I won't be there for them. I will be at every practice and meeting the team has to help us achieve our goals next season. I will be rehabbing and doing everything I can to get back for the 2009 season, and I hope to contribute as a leader."
Jones has played in 24 games at defensive end and on special teams in his career for the Longhorns, notching 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks, seven tackles for losses, 11 quarterback pressures, an interception and three defended passes. In 2008, he appeared in all 13 games and notched eight tackles, a sack, five tackles for losses, five quarterback pressures and a defended pass.