Tag:Chad Jones
Posted on: February 12, 2011 9:51 am

Giants S Chad Jones making progress

Posted by Andy Benoit

Back in summer, Giants safety Chad Jones suffered a severe leg injury in a terrifying New Orleans car crash. The third-round rookie’s NFL career was seemingly wiped out before it even began. Jones spent 11 hours in surgery as doctors transplanted veins from his right calf to his left calf in order to restore blood flow to his ankle. The primary goal of the procedure was to save his leg.

The leg was saved and Jones, who signed a four-year contract that guaranteed him $826,000 two weeks before the accident, decided he would continue pursuing an NFL career (many thought the LSU two-sport star would turn his sites to baseball).

Now eight months later, Mike Garafolo of the Star Ledger has a story highlighting Jones’ progress. The initial evaluation of that progress? Solid, if not spectacular.

Jones’ physical therapist has been sending the Giants video of the safety’s rehab. The latest video shows Jones jogging on a treadmill, pushing off on his left leg while throwing a weighted ball and high-stepping through agility drills.

This, of course, doesn’t mean Jones will be ready to take the field in 2011. He still has a long way to go. But barring a lockout, he could be working out at the Giants’ facility this spring.

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 9:29 am

An update on Chad Jones and his recovery

C. Jones still has his sights set on playing in the NFL (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Star-Ledger’s Mike Garafolo catches up with Giants third-round draft pick S Chad Jones, who was in that horrendous car crash in New Orleans this summer and is struggling to pick up the pieces of his shattered athletic career.

For now, Jones isn’t close to making a return. As Garafolo writes, Jones strains to walk one mile per hour on a treadmill or bend his leg into a 90 degree angle, though he seems to be making pretty good progress.

From the story:

With months of healing still to come, his return to the Giants is uncertain. He is still chasing the NFL dream, calling on the same drive that once made him a star. The steps are slow.

First he must walk again, his body must heal and the sacrifice must be heroic — and still he may never get back to the game. Jones has football-shaped scars on either side of a calf swollen to nearly twice its normal size, a pale blotch on his thigh where a skin graft was harvested, and a heel wound that has yet to close.

Still, he says, “It’s great to be alive. The worst is behind me. I’m looking forward to the positives in my life.”

There’s great description in the story about the car crash and about Jones’ feelings – physically and emotionally – as police and paramedics tried to extract him from his black Range Rover (it took 23 minutes for them to do so). And then the surgery and how doctors weren’t sure they could save his leg.

“Your bones are crushed, you’re losing all of your blood. You don’t know what really happened,” Jones told the Star-Ledger. “It was crazy; 110 percent pain. I wouldn’t want to go through that again. I wouldn’t want anybody to go through it.”

I wouldn’t recommend reading this story over your coffee and eggs. But it’s still a compelling read, and Garafolo does a very nice job with the story. Check it out after you’ve digested your breakfast.

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:37 pm

Penn draws inspiration from Chad Jones

Earlier today, we told you about the Buccaneers signing Donald Penn and how much his presence will mean to keeping QB Josh Freeman in an up-right position this fall. But he’s got an interesting reason for ending his quick hold-out and signing a new deal worth $48 million over six years.
As the St. Petersburg Times writes, it’s because of Giants rookie Chad Jones and the car accident in which he nearly lost his leg.

“I got a 20-month year old son at home. You never know what tomorrow is going to entail,'' Penn told the Times. "Chad Jones was a great friend of mine and still is a good friend of mine. You guys see what happened to him. You never know what's going to happen the next day. You can try everything to be careful, but still, that was a freak accident. He couldn't have stopped that if he wanted to.

"My family was a big part. I wanted to get something now, because if I had gone out this year, knock on wood, I'm not injury prone -- but what if I got hurt? Where would that have left me? I just wanted to get it done because I felt it was well overdue and I think the organization felt it was well overdue.''

Penn – who happens to share an agent with Jones, as well – had refused to sign his restricted free agent tender offer of $3.168 million, and the club had gotten a little nasty with him, particularly GM Mark Dominik. Though it was thought Penn would hold out from training camp – particularly since, as of a few days ago, it didn’t seem like the two sides were negotiating at all – Penn said he called his agent and told him to make something happen.

"Do whatever it takes to be in there, because when it was getting closer, it was like, "Man, I've never missed a camp before. I don't want to do that. That's not the type of guy I am.’” Penn said. “I had a long talk with (agent Rocky Arceneaux) and said, "Let's get it done. I'll make some sacrifices if I have to, but let's get it done.”

Penn, with $20 million guaranteed, will return to his LT spot, filling one very large hole on Tampa Bay’s offensive line.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:55 am

A positive Chad Jones update

The Giants are reporting that rookie safety Chad Jones, who suffered a major leg injury in a June car accident, is out of a New York hospital and returning home to Louisiana for recuperation. Jones will be back in New York in 6-8 weeks for more surgery.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 6:36 pm

No additional charges for Giants S Chad Jones

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that police have determined that Giants safety Chad Jones was not under the influence of alcohol when he smashed his car into a pole last week. A breathalyzer was not administered because Jones was rushed to surgery, but the two passengers riding with Jones attest that no one in the car had consumed alcohol that evening.

The only citation against Jones is careless operation of a motor vehicle.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:31 pm

No additional charges for Chad Jones

The police investigation into the car accident last week that put Giants rookie safety Chad Jones’ football career in jeopardy has ended with no additional charges filed against Jones, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate .

The New Orleans police cited Jones for careless operation of a motor vehicle. Officers could not give a Breathalyzer test at the scene of the accident – Jones had to be cut out of the car – and by the time police made it to the hospital to administer a blood-alcohol test, he already was in surgery.

Police say alcohol was not considered a factor in the crash. Jones is now rehabilitating at a New York hospital.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 1:43 pm

Chad Jones could turn to baseball

Giants third-round pick Chad Jones has been receiving bright news – or as bright as news as possible, given the circumstances – from doctors about his potential recovery from the severe leg injury he suffered in a car accident last week. According to Greg Logan of Newsday, Jones’s agent, Rocky Arcenaux, told the Gannett Louisiana News Service that his client is encouraged about possibly playing in 2011.

Jones, however, may have to play a different sport. If football proves too taxing, the LSU star could pursue a baseball career. Jones, an outfielder and relief pitcher in college, was drafted in the 50th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jones’s father said doctors avoided having to amputate his son’s left foot because they restored blood flow to the foot and ankle area. Jones underwent surgery for a broken left tibia and fibula. According to the Giants, Jones is being transferred to a New York hospital today.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 4:14 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 4:15 pm

Chad Jones feeling positive

Giants rookie safety Chad Jones – who was involved in a bad car crash this past weekend – is making progress and feeling positive. According to LSU associate athletic director/SID Michael Bonnette , Jones’ father, Al Jones, said Chad Jones is in good spirits.

"His leg and foot are looking better,” Al Jones said. “This is going to be a long process but everything is positive right now. We are just beginning the healing process."

--Josh Katzowitz

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