Nebraska senior cornerback Chris Jones is expected to be out four to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, head coach Mike Riley confirmed Saturday.
Because of the injury, Jones will no longer make the trip to the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. Junior safety Aaron Williams will take his place, joining quarterback Tanner Lee and linebacker Chris Weber at the conference's major preseason event.
One of two returning seniors in the Nebraska secondary, Jones was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list Friday morning, an honor given annually to the nation's top defensive back. Jones cemented himself as a starter midway through the 2015 season and started every game a year ago.
The news comes as the second major injury to a player in Nebraska's secondary over the past few months. Sophomore safety JoJo Domann suffered a torn ACL in spring ball, prompting coaches to move senior corner Joshua Kalu to safety.
With a four- to six-month timeline, Jones would have the option to either come back as soon as November or choose to take his redshirt year, which he has not used yet. Sophomore Eric Lee Jr., redshirt freshman DiCaprio Bootle, and incoming freshman Elijah Blades (not yet enrolled) will compete for starting snaps in Jones' absence.
All Ima say is watch me come back, I serve an on time God ain no 4 to 6 months ✌🏾💪🏾💪🏾
— Chris Jones (@C_Jon8) July 15, 2017