Syracuse's Jones healthy, ready for camp

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Terrific news for Syracuse, as star defensive tackle Arthur Jones has recovered from his torn pectoral muscle and will be ready for preseason camp on Aug. 10, Donnie Webb reports in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Jones suffered the injury while lifting weights in February and missed all of spring practice. His availability for the start of the season had been in question.

But coach Doug Marrone told Webb that Jones should be able to go through all contact work once practice begins.

"Art is in very good shape ... very good shape," Marrone said. "... So, I'm excited about seeing him. I've only watched him on film. I've never watched him play."

A first-team All-Big East selection last year, Jones is Syracuse's best player and one of the top defensive players in the entire league. He chose to return to school for his senior year rather than go to the NFL draft, where he is considered a potential first- or second-round pick.

Jones will be in Newport, R.I., for Big East media day interviews tomorrow, and I'll be sure to ask him about his health and outlook for 2009.