A medical report that has been sent to NFL teams might allay some fears about Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones' physical condition. Jones, who has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, has seen his predraft stock plummet in the eyes of some.
Perhaps the top linebacker in this year's draft, Jones had been pegged as a top-10 pick until teams examined his medical history closer.
"Jarvis Jones' neck injury is starting to look like it might be a nonissue on draft day, and there is little chance he will fall out of the top 10," National Football Post reported on Sunday.
The medical report compiled by leading orthopedist Craig Brigham disputes that Jones ever had a significant spinal cord contusion. Brigham concluded, "Jarvis is cleared to play without restriction."
Jones was diagnosed with spinal stenosis while at Southern Cal in 2009. Doctors at USC did not clear him to play, so he transferred to George where in two years he dominated. This past season, Jones led the nation in sacks with 14.5 and tackles for loss with 24.5.
Brigham's report said Jones "either had a very mild incident of spinal cord concussion or merely a stinger that has long since resolved.
"Even if another similar injury occurred, it would not be a career ending issue."
Jones last week told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he is getting ready for his pro day on March 21.
"People are still talking to me. Nobody has taken me off the board. The doctor said I was fine and cleared me and the [scouting] combine went fine for me. I was cleared medically. Teams know my situation."
Jones said he has met with five teams: Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Jacksonville and St. Louis.