Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones says injured ankle feeling good

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said his injured ankle felt good after his first skate in eight weeks. 

Jones took to the ice on Sunday for the first time since getting hurt on February 8 against the Colorado Avalanche.

He had surgery on February 11 and was originally expected to miss the remainder of the season, before the coronavirus pandemic led to its suspension.

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But he provided an update on his rehab on Tuesday, as he looks to increase his workload on the ice over the next week.

"The ankle felt good," he told Sportsnet's Hockey Central. "We're obviously not rushing it too much at the moment, we're handling things a little bit differently than if a season was going on still.

"So, taking it slow, just got out there in a tracksuit for a little Sunday skate. It was nice to lace up the skates again and stick-handle the puck again.

"I was a little rusty, but it was nice. Hopefully this week and next week I can start ramping up a little bit more."

Jones, who was selected to his fourth straight NHL All-Star Game in January, has 30 points in 56 games this season and leads the Blue Jackets in total ice time per game (25:17).

Columbus held the second and final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference when the NHL suspended play. 

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