General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Tuesday that Jones underwent successful surgery after spraining his ankle and suffering a hairline fracture in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
The Blue Jackets desperately needed the extra point as they're now hanging onto a wild-card spot with 70 points.
The injury comes at a bad time for the Blue Jackets, but fortunately before the exchange deadline, which opens the door to look for a greater depth of the blue line due to Jones's absence.More news: Judge grants Amazon bid to pause Pentagon's JEDI cloud contract
The Blue Jackets defenseman gained possession of the puck at centre ice and proceeded to skate all the way back behind his own goal to allow for fresh legs and a regroup. Columbus averages 3.0 penalties per game, the fewest in the National Hockey League. He was placed on injured reserve two days later.
Jones - along with Zach Werenski - leads the Blue Jackets defence corps in basically every category.
There are eight weeks remaining in the regular season, and Columbus is in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.More news: Kobe Bryant honored at 2020 Oscars
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In 56 games this season, the 25-year-old Jones has six goals and 24 assists in average of 25:17 of ice-time a night.
Jones sat on February 10 against Tampa Bay Lightning, his first lost game of the season.More news: Red Bull reveal their 2020 auto with revolutionary new nose