With Chad Jones recovering from major surgery after a car accident in which he crashed his SUV into a pole that provides electricity to a streetcar track, several entities within the organization are keeping in contact with the third round draft pick.
Giants Director of Player Personnel Charles Way has been with the former LSU standout throughout the ordeal, and Jones has had phone conversations with coach Tom Coughlin, GM Jerry Reese, and head trainer Ronnie Barnes.
Thankfully, amputation of his foot will not be necessary. The doctors have indicated that there is significant blood flow to the foot now and that surgery was a complete success.
Jones has been removed from his breathing tubes for a couple of days now and is seriously talking about returning to football.
"Football is always going to be on Chad's mind," Al Jones, Chad's father, told the paper. "When he's 90 years old with great-grandchildren, he's going to be thinking about playing football again. It has to be that way."
There has been speculation that the two-sport star is going to consider a return to baseball rather than football, for obvious reasons.
However, if the leg and foot heal properly without succumbing to infection, expect Jones to be back in a Giants uniform in 2011.
"I don't see that based on the type of athlete that Chad is that anything would prevent Chad from walking. And from running," Jones' agent, Rocky Arceneaux, said.
Recent news today confirms that Jones is headed back to New York in order to possibly undergo more surgery to better his situation.
According to the NY Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano, he is moving to "New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center for plastic surgery and possible additional orthopedic procedures, the team announced."
The team's obvious concern is for Jones to be up and walking again and be as healthy as he can be. Down the road, they will assess his long-term goals with the team and plan on when he can return to football activities, if he ever chooses to do so.
In terms of the 2010 season, this is a huge blow to the defense. As little as Jones was expected to play, he still provided the team with much-needed depth at the safety position, something the Giants lacked in 2009.
The team expressed his importance when they signed him to a rookie contract before all of its other draft picks.
He will be placed on the non-football injury list, and the Giants will be able to fill a roster spot with his vacancy. But they will be hard pressed to find someone as high-spirited and with the same work ethic as Jones.
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