The long road back from a serious car accident has hit a detour for Chad Jones.
The safety, who was a third-round draft pick out of LSU by the New York Giants in 2010, has been waived after he failed a physical. Jones nearly lost his left foot at the ankle following a one-vehicle crash nearly two years ago and he has been battling to make it back since.it is a “minor setback.” Without a team right now, it’s a pretty serious one for Jones’ career. But the good news is he is mobile and the team will continue to assist in his rehabilitation.
“Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures," Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician, said in a statement sent out by the Giants. “This type of injury is often limb threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He has made a remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the leg.
“However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The resultant functional impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for professional football.”
Jones had hoped to get to training camp where he could battle for a spot on the roster. Now, he’ll have to improve physically in the hope that someone will offer him a chance. Arcenaux was upbeat that Jones will be fully recovered soon.
The team replaced Jones on the roster with former Florida safety Will Hill.
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