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Giants waive Chad Jones

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Chad Jones‘ two-year struggle to get back on the football field after serious injuries in a car crash was dealt a big setback today when the Giants announced that they have waived him.

Last week the Giants’ medical staff did not clear Jones to participate in the team’s minicamp, and in the Giants’ statement about placing Jones on waivers they gave more information about his condition.

Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,” Giants associate team physician Dr. Scott Rodeo said. “This type of injury is often limb threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He has made a remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the leg. However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The resultant functional impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for professional football.”

Jones’ agent called the Giants’ decision “a minor setback” and said Jones expects to be at 100 percent soon. That would be a great comeback story, but at this point it’s hard to envision. The Giants don’t sound optimistic that their 2010 third-round draft pick will ever get back on the football field.

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23 Responses to “Giants waive Chad Jones”
  1. geeeeemen says: May 14, 2012 4:20 PM

    Sad. But credit the Giants for sticking with him for 2 years knowing this was very likely. They just can’t take up a spot… Maybe in 2013 Chad. Good luck!

  2. ygkr85 says: May 14, 2012 4:23 PM

    Best wishes, Chad. Hope you make it, but if you don’t, keep that head-high and find something you are passionate about. You have a great story to tell and could teach a lot of kids a lot of things about life.

  3. situsavaisprier says: May 14, 2012 4:23 PM

    I hope that they still could try to hang onto him. I know it appears like the odds are against him, but I think anything is possible. I wish you well Chad Jones and will continue to pull for your full recovery.

  4. east96st says: May 14, 2012 4:24 PM

    Sorry to hear this. I was really hoping the guy would make the comeback of the century and, at least, make the roster and play special teams. Still, incredibly impressive that he kept the leg and can actually walk and run. Any young man with that much determination will make his way in the world with, or without, football.

  5. dondelusion says: May 14, 2012 4:28 PM

    Reminds me of ex-Eagle J.R Reed and his fence jumping injury. Prove em wrong Jones!

  6. wferg1121 says: May 14, 2012 4:34 PM

    What a shame was really rooting for this guy. It’s obvious so are the Giants. Giants medical staff one of the best in the business, hopefully he will be able to resume his career. The biggest thing is he is alive and has both of his legs to live a normal life.

  7. nflofficeadmin says: May 14, 2012 4:34 PM

    Go prove them wrong.

  8. robf2010 says: May 14, 2012 4:37 PM

    Go back to baseball, Chad. Left-handed relievers who can throw 90+ can find a spot on a major league roster.

  9. roadtrip3500 says: May 14, 2012 4:39 PM

    That’s too bad for Jones, but the Giants’ medical staff usually gets these right – just ask Steve Smith.

  10. jbl429 says: May 14, 2012 4:40 PM

    That’s a shame. I was looking forward to seeing him make it onto a football field. Hopefully he still can, although it looks like it will take even longer than expected.

  11. bluefan204 says: May 14, 2012 4:40 PM

    Thats too bad. I was really hoping he could have made a comeback and stayed with the Giants.

    I wish him the best of luck with whatever he chooses to do going forward.

  12. pickleman77 says: May 14, 2012 4:59 PM

    Sounds like the other DB’s had a leg up on the guy.

  13. polishkingski says: May 14, 2012 5:08 PM

    my ex bro inlaw scouted him and says he is a really good kid. good luck chad, keep on fighting.

  14. nolarules says: May 14, 2012 5:09 PM

    Chad, come on home to NOLA and train to get yourself back into baseball shape. One hell of an athelete who can possibly continue down the professional sports path by going back to other sport he starred in at LSU. We are all cheering for you to keep the passion alive. Your recovery so far has been remarkable. Cheers to the Giants for being classy and keeping this young man on the roster as long as they possibly could

  15. kappy32 says: May 14, 2012 5:10 PM

    The Giants are a stand up organization. They allowed him to keep his signing bonus by placing him on the IR/PUP list so he could pay for his medical bills & finish his degree from LSU during the recovery process without accumulating significant debt. Other teams would’ve cut ties & demanded a return of the bonus. The Giants ad their fans were hoping to see him playing for Big Blue & it’s a shame it won’t happen. The Giants had a lot invested in him, emotionally & financially, and the only way they would cut him would be if they were 100% sure he couldn’t come back & play at a professional level. It appears that is unfortunately the case. The Giants’ medical staff has been correct recently, saying Steve Smith wouldn’t be close to 100% last season. The Eagles took a chance, listening to their own medical staff that cleared him to play out of the gate & Smith managed 11 receptions, 124 yards & 1 TD (coincidentally, his only TD was against the Giants), and he looked like a fractured shell of his former 100 reception season with the Giants. Something tells me that the Giants’ medical staff is correct with Jones & the guy will not be a pro football player. However, not is all lost. The guy has shown his heart & strength by fighting to keep his leg when it looked like for sure he was going to lose it. Additionally, his ability & talent on the field before the crash got him a 4 year education & degree in Sports Management from a respectable college in LSU. I wish him the best of luck & continued success with an already amazing recovery. Something tells me this guy has a future as a motivational speaker where his story & medical triumph will help many people who are in the process of recovering from a serious medical condition.

  16. steelhammer92 says: May 14, 2012 5:15 PM

    I watched him in the College World Series a few years ago. He can sure bring it. If he can’t find a way in the NFL, hopefully he gives pitching a shot. The money is better too.

  17. biggestredmiami says: May 14, 2012 5:17 PM

    Good luck, Chad!! You’ve made it so far already!!

  18. bozosforall says: May 14, 2012 5:20 PM

    Classy move keeping him around for two years so that he could have a shot at his dream, Giants. Just one of the reasons why the Giants prevailed over the Pats the last two times that they played them for the Lombardi trophy. Good conquers evil.

  19. cometkazie says: May 14, 2012 5:21 PM

    Not many Div I athletes have national championships in two unrelated sports.

    I hope he continues whatever career he chooses with the same determination he showed for his rehab.

    All the best, Chad!

  20. kingcarlbanks says: May 14, 2012 5:23 PM

    That sucks. I had high hopes for him when they drafted him and was rooting for him to make a comeback. Hopefully next year he can come back at 100%. Good luck Chad.

  21. axltcu says: May 14, 2012 5:29 PM

    I’m by no means an LSU fan but I loved watching him play in college. He was one of the hardest hitting safeties I have ever seen. I really hope he makes an NFL team some day.

  22. dbones750 says: May 14, 2012 6:09 PM

    That’s too bad. I hope he catches on somewhere else or makes it to the MLB. Good story, good kid. Hard not to root for him.

  23. lennydpocketqb says: May 14, 2012 8:24 PM

    Does he get a Super Bowl ring?

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