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Jones out 8-10 weeks for Blue Jackets with ankle injury

Defenseman left game against Avalanche before returning

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Seth Jones will be out 8-10 weeks for the Columbus Blue Jackets after the defenseman had surgery on his ankle Tuesday.

"I'm not going to go into a whole litany of things about missing him and this and that. We're going to play," coach John Tortorella said Monday. "Put other people in line and play, just like we've been doing for the past two months."

Jones, who was placed on injured reserve Monday, left midway through the first period against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday after crashing into the net. He returned for the start of the second and scored a power-play goal in a 2-1 loss at Nationwide Arena.

"You can't replace a guy like Seth Jones but at this time of the year you have to step up a little bit," defenseman Zach Werenski said. "That's a big piece were missing but I don't think it changes much in terms of how we play as a team and doing, doing what we do well."

Jones is tied for fourth on the Blue Jackets with 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) this season and has 258 points (60 goals, 198 assists) in 524 NHL games with Columbus and the Nashville Predators.

"It's no secret he's a big, big loss for this team. He's a great player, a great leader," forward Nathan Gerbe said. "It gives someone a chance to step up. As as a group, we've obviously dealt with a lot of injuries, since sometime in December. We just keep playing play as a team, play the system, trusting each other and you have knowledge that everybody needs to step it up a notch here."

Defenseman Gabriel Carlsson was recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League. He is scoreless in six games with the Blue Jackets this season and has three assists in 23 games with them since 2016-17.

Forward Liam Foudy was added to the Blue Jackets roster on emergency recall from London of the Ontario Hockey League, where the No. 18 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft had 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) in 32 games. Foudy had no points in his NHL debut in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

"With [Alexander] Wennberg out, [Josh] Anderson out, and with Cam [Atkinson] out, so many offensive people out, why not look at an offensive guy and give him a chance?," Tortorella said about Foudy. "He's played very well...we're looking to add some offense and he's had a really good year."

The Blue Jackets (30-17-10) are two points behind the New York Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus plays at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-O, NHL.TV).

NHL.com independent correspondent Craig Merz contributed to this report

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