New York Giants third-round rookie safety Chad Jones(notes) was awake and alert and visiting with family after surgery to repair his left leg that his father has deemed successful, according to New Orleans television station WWL-TV.
"He looked like Chad," said his father, Al Jones, after seeing him the hospital. "The surgery was successful. I want to thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers, the numerous phone calls, text messages and e-mails...It just lets you know the type of person Chad is and how well loved he is ... It is just a matter of the healing process right now."
Jones was injured in a serious car accident early Friday morning in Louisiana. He suffered multiple fractures to his left leg, including fractures of his tibia and fibula, and there were arteries and nerves exposed, according to reports at the scene of the accident. The 21-year-old lost control of his SUV at about 6:15 EST Friday morning and crashed into a pole on Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. Two passengers riding with Jones suffered minor injuries and weren't taken to the hospital, WWL-TV reported.
Rocky Arceneaux, Jones' agent, issued this statement through LSU: "Chad Jones was involved in a serious auto accident early this morning. The severity of Chad's injuries up to this point is unknown. At this point, we are praying for Chad and ask that everyone does the same."
Police and fire teams lifted Jones from his SUV and took him to a local hospital, where he underwent hours of surgery to try and promote blood flow to the injured leg. Jones was listed in guarded condition upon arrival at the hospital, and there was concern that he might lose the leg.
Jones was a two-sport star at LSU, excelling in baseball and football. He was thought by most to be the best strong safety candidate of the 2010 draft, and was also drafted by the Houston Astros in the 13th round.
The WWL report indicates that Jones will charged with careless operation of a vehicle, though there is no word as to whether alcohol was involved.