Chad Jones makes progress, has a long way to go

AP

In April, Chad Jones was the New York Giants’ third-round draft pick. In June, he suffered serious leg injuries in a car crash, ensuring that he’d miss all of 2010 and raising doubts about whether he could ever play in the NFL.

Eight months after that crash, Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger has new video showing the progress of Jones’ rehab, and it’s impressive: Jones can jog on a treadmill, and he can do agility drills. Considering how severe Jones’ injuries were, that’s significant progress.

But Jones still has a very long way to go before he could play safety in the NFL. It’s clear from watching him move in the videos that he’s making great progress by the standards of a regular person recovering from serious leg injuries, but to play in the NFL you have to do a lot more than what a regular person does.

Whether Jones ever plays in an NFL game or not, it’s inspiring that he’s made so much progress.