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Another surgery for Alabama's Jones

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The surgeries are starting to pile up for Alabama receiver Julio Jones, but I wouldn't look for a drop-off in production next season from the guy who's the toughest one-on-one matchup in the SEC.

Jones underwent sports hernia surgery last month. That's after undergoing procedures on his left shoulder and left wrist soon after the Sugar Bowl in January.

Keep in mind, though, that Jones went through contact drills in spring practice this year. And even more importantly, he's already proven that he can play with pain. His wrist plagued him all last season, and there was some chatter that he might have played through a fracture.

You'd never know it by his production because he just kept making plays. He's the essence of durability.

For a guy who received all sorts of hype coming out of high school, Jones was anything but a prima donna. Rather, he was a throwback, somebody who competed the same way every time he hit the field and wasn't affected by all the glowing things said and written about him.

He was branded as a star before he ever set foot on Alabama's campus and played like a star.

How refreshing.

Alabama fans have no reason to worry about Jones. He'll be ready to go in the fall.