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Heart issue will keep Creighton player out at least two months

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Josh Jones, a key reserve for No. 16 Creighton who passed out on the court before a game last week, will probably be out at least two months as doctors try to determine the precise cause of the problem.

Jones and head coach Greg McDermott held a press conference Wednesday to address what happened and Jones' future as a basketball player.

Jones' collapse apparently was caused by an atrial flutter in the upper portion of his heart. It essentially means Jones' heart began to beat at a dangerously fast pace. This was particularly significant for Jones, who had had open-heart surgery in 2007.

It's not clear whether Jones' previous cardiac problems and the atrial flutter were connected.

Jones is scheduled to undergo a radiofrequency ablation on Tuesday in an attempt to correct the problem. A month after the procedure, doctors will re-examine Jones to determine whether the procedure was successful and whether he is able to return to action.

It means it will probably be at least two months before Jones can return to action, and it's possible he may not be able to play again.

Jones stressed that long-term he's is going to be fine.

Jones averaged 7.8 points and about 20 minutes of playing time in the eight games he played this season.
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