OWINGS MILLS - Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones is back at practice, and it's possible he could play against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but there were points during the past few weeks that he wasn't sure if he would ever be able to return to football.
Jones missed nearly three weeks with what Baltimore described as a non-football health issue, but he returned to practice Wednesday and has practiced on a limited basis the last two days.
Reports suggested that Jones had dealt with a viral infection, but Jones said Thursday that he didn't have any sort of virus and that the issue was an irregular heartbeat that first became a problem after the Ravens' preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Aug. 22.
"I just wasn't feeling right," Jones said, later adding, "My heart was kind of racing. I didn't know why, and it wasn't settling down after the game. I went to the hospital and they ran a bunch of tests on me. I felt like a lab rat for a few weeks, but I'm good."
But it took time for the doctors to figure out exactly what was wrong with Jones, making an already stressful situation more stressful.
Also adding to Jones' stress level was his family's medical history.
Jones' sister died of cancer when he was 17, and his mother is a diabetic who has lost her eyesight to the disease in recent years.
"It was scary," Jones said. "It was especially scary with the medical conditions in my family ... but I'm just blessed to be able to play another down."
As far as when he'll be able to play in a game, Jones said that will be up to Baltimore's coaches but that he feels good physically even after out of practice for nearly three weeks.
"It feels good being out here with my teammates and running around and trying to get back into shape," Jones said. "I can't wait [to play]. Whenever it's my time to play ... it's going to be a great feeling, but I'm just taking it day-by-day and just enjoying being back out there."