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Art Jones' illness not 'life-threatening,' not related to football

Ravens defensive lineman Art Jones remains sidelined with an undisclosed non-football illness and will visit a specialist Wednesday, coach John Harbaugh said.

There's been no information about the nature of Jones' illness other than Harbaugh saying it's not a life-threatening condition and it's unclear how long Jones will be out.

Jones was at team headquarters today, including the locker room.

"I'd rather leave an explantion of Art's situation up to Art," Harbaugh said today. "It's not anything that's like life-threatening or anything like that. It's non-football related. We've got to get some tests done to make sure that he's OK.  Until the tests come out the right way, he's not going to be able to play.

"It's something I've been told now that they can't tell you how long it's going to be. It could be a week, it could be indefinitely. We don't think it's going to be the second part. He's going to see a specialist here on Wedneday and he can explain to you exactly what it's about, to whatever extent he wants to."

Hours after Harbaugh's announcement, Jones commented on his situation via his official Twitter account.

"As many of you know i'm having personal health issues," Jones wrote. "Please respect my privacy. We as athlete's go through real life problems also. Thank.. You all for your love and support. Ravens fans are the best!! See you all on the field soon!!! : )"

In Jones' absence, Marcus Spears is expected to take his place in the starting lineup.

"Marcus has been around, he's in good shape," Harbaugh said. "He's practiced well since he got over the hamstring. He really looks good and is ready to go."

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