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Receiver Jamarye Joiner tracks a throw while running routes on the first day of spring practice. Content Exchange

Jamarye Joiner can’t shake the foot injury that’s been nagging him since the 2019 season.

The Arizona Wildcats’ redshirt sophomore wide receiver underwent surgery Friday morning for a Jones fracture, a small break on the outer side of Joiner’s left foot also known as the fifth metatarsal, and could miss the first month of the 2021 season.

Full recovery for this injury the first time is anywhere between 6-12 weeks, which is ideal timing for Joiner since the Wildcats just concluded spring ball and are heading into the summer before preseason training camp.

Unfortunately for Joiner, it’s the second time he’s gone through the process of healing a fractured foot, and the surgeons were unable to remove the screw from the first surgery and bone grafted a plate with another screw, his mother, Christina Peña, told the Star. Joiner isn’t expected to be 100% healthy until September — or potentially October — depending on how quickly he recovers.

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Jamarye Joiner hones his over-the-shoulder skills during a spring practice in March.

Joiner experienced discomfort in his foot in 2019, but thought it was because of his new cleats, and “pretty much had that feeling all season,” he said in October. Playing through pain, Joiner appeared in all 12 games and caught 34 passes for a team-high 552 yards and five touchdowns, including a 140-yard, two-touchdown outing at Arizona State.

But the sting in his foot never let up. In February, doctors discovered the Jones fracture. After a month in a walking boot, Joiner received surgery and was inactive for most of the summer before returning for Arizona’s pandemic-affected 2020 season.

Joiner, a Tucson native and Cienega High School product, appeared in five games for the UA last season and finish fifth on the team with 111 yards on 12 receptions. Joiner participated in every one of Arizona’s spring practices in March and April, but exited last weekend’s spring game with the same injury that impeded his offseason training in 2020.

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Receiver Jamarye Joiner plunges through the pads and onto a mat while the Wildcat ball carriers work on a goal line plunges during the University of Arizona practice for their spring season, Tucson, Ariz., March 25, 2021.

Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or On Twitter @justinesports

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