Chad Jones will join Giants in New Orleans

AP

One year and a half after a life-threatening car crash, 2010 Giants third round draft pick Chad Jones is ready to take a new step in his recovery.

The New Orleans-area native and LSU product will take a brief break from his rehab to join his Giants teammates on the sideline for the first time during Monday night’s game in New Orleans.

“It might even bring tears to my eyes being on that field, especially in front of the fans in New Orleans,” Jones told Mike Garaofolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’m sure they’re happy for me, just seeing me on the field, standing with the team, even though it’s the opponent. It’s definitely going to be a great feeling.”

Jones, currently on the reserve/non-football injury list, hopes to make it back to the NFL next year. He admits that he has become depressed at times during his rehabilitation, but ran a 4.84 forty-yard dash last month and has made progress since then.

He believes that seeing his team will serve as motivation.  Just standing on the sideline will be a huge moment for Jones in his family.

“I’ve got a lot of family that’s coming in town, just to see me on the sideline,” Jones said. “It’s great, just great being part of this.”