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Ravens' Arthur Jones gets sack in first game back from illness

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Arthur Jones wanted to celebrate after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden on Sunday.

Jones dropped Weeden for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter, and it was particularly satisfying for the Ravens defensive lineman considering his medical ordeal in the weeks leading up to the game.

Jones had been sidelined with an irregular heartbeat, a non-football illness that cleared up following the season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos, when he returned to practice.

"It's a blessing," Jones said. "Two weeks ago, I didn't think I was going to be on this earth, and here I am, back on the field performing again. You just don't take nothing in life for granted."

Once Jones' heart was back to normal, the Ravens got him back into an exercise and practice regimen.

It was primarily a question of conditioning more than anything else on whether Jones would have a major role Sunday.

“Well, we had heard that his heart was functioning at 100 percent again," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It was just a matter of whether he was going to be in shape to play. So, we had to go through the week to see how he would handle practice and whether his cardiovascular strength was up, because he couldn’t do any kind of exercise while he was out. He proved that during practice, so we decided Friday that he would be OK to go. We put him up and he played well.”

Jones wound up playing 52 percent of the defensive snaps -- 33 plays -- on Sunday, according to NFL statistics. He finished with three tackles.

"I felt great," Jones said. "My cardio was a little suspect with it being two weeks, but it’s all good. We got the win, that’s the most important part, and we’re just going to come back stronger next week.”

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