Blue Jackets' Seth Jones out 4-6 weeks with sprained knee

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Seth Jones of the Columbus Blue Jackets (Getty Images)

Seth Jones will miss the start of the regular season.

The Blue Jackets announced Wednesday that the defenseman will miss four to six weeks with a second-degree MCL sprain suffered in Tuesday’s preseason win over the Sabres. 

According to the Columbus Dispatch, coach John Tortorella said of Jones in a radio interview earlier in the day, “it’s going to be a little while for him.”

Jones was hurt during the second period of Tuesday’s game and did not skate during the third period.

The 23-year-old is coming off a productive 2017-18 season in which his 57 points set a franchise record for a defenseman. His 16 goals also tied Zach Werenski for the club record for a defenseman.

Columbus has two preseason games remaining against the Penguins and Blackhawks, respectively, before opening the regular season Oct. 4 in Detroit.