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Jarvis Jones’ neck causes red flag for multiple teams

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It’s a cocktail of injuries that will keep Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones from working out at the Scouting Combine.  But it’s an injury that forced him out of Southern Cal that is getting NFL teams to yank him off their draft boards.

Per a league source, Jones’ neck has prompted multiple teams to shy away from considering him, especially in round one.  He left USC due to concerns over his spinal stenosis.  The fact that Georgia welcomed him with open arms shows that reasonable medical minds will differ on whether to take the risk associated with a narrowed spinal canal.

While some team surely will be willing to roll the dice on one of the top defensive players in the draft pool, multiple teams already have decided to avoid him.

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33 Responses to “Jarvis Jones’ neck causes red flag for multiple teams”
  1. tdubdizzle says: Feb 23, 2013 12:11 PM

    What teams decided to pass on him? ‘Multiple teams’ What a hollow story. Get hard cold facts instead of speculation…

  2. basexc9 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:14 PM

    How does spinal stenosis affect football play?

  3. skoobyfl says: Feb 23, 2013 12:18 PM

    Buffalo bound.

  4. green41563 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:19 PM

    Yeah, this is about as surprising as political corruption. I’m not saying that he’s not a good prospect, but projecting him as a surefire top-5 pick with that injury history was a little short-sighted.

  5. green41563 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:21 PM

    The fact that Georgia welcomed him with open arms shows that reasonable medical minds will differ on whether to take the risk associated with a narrowed spinal canal.
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    Could be that. Or it could be that medical minds at Georgia wanted the chance to get a good football player.

  6. profootballwalk says: Feb 23, 2013 12:23 PM

    There’s not a team that wouldn’t spend a 7th round pick on the guy, just to get a year or two out of him for small money. So obviously, he’s not ‘off their boards.’

  7. dartwick says: Feb 23, 2013 12:25 PM

    Spinal stenosis can potentially effect any physical activity depending on what nerves are effected.

    It can put you in a constant state of pain that generally lowers your ability to do anything.

    Surgery to treat it involves significant down time and risk.

    Id be wary if i was going to pay him millions of dollars.

  8. aliowlsfalcons19 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:26 PM

    im hoping he falls he high teens so maybe atlanta trades up to snag him

  9. balmerjim says: Feb 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    The Browns will trade up for him. Count on it.

  10. bucinnj says: Feb 23, 2013 12:33 PM

    @ basexc9 I have spinal stenosis and it is difficult to get out of bed when it is really flared up. I get severe pains in my back that run down my leg. I couldn’t imagine playing sports even socially when I’m having a rough time.

    This guy seems super talented but some team is going to take a HUGE risk by drafting him.

    Jarvis Jones, I wish you well.

  11. bucinnj says: Feb 23, 2013 12:34 PM

    @ dartwick very well stated.

  12. rpiotr01 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:35 PM

    basexc9 says:
    Feb 23, 2013 12:14 PM
    How does spinal stenosis affect football play?

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    It doesn’t. It affects his likelihood of suffering catastrophic personal injury while playing a violent sport. Many teams won’t take the risk and advise the player to retire.

  13. lilpuppy says: Feb 23, 2013 12:43 PM

    medical condition that could affect his longterm future…my Lions will gamble on him with the 5th overall…they won’t learn from gambling on Javhid Best

  14. rajbais says: Feb 23, 2013 12:49 PM

    When Mel Kiper touches a player Red Flags explode!!!

    Matt Leinart, Jimmy Clausen, Nick Fairley, … Colt Brennan, etc, all have their stocks crash!!!

    Watch guys that point out flaws themselves (ie Mayock, Greg Cosell) then your hopes won’t get crushed!

  15. bunjy96 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:49 PM

    I also have spinal stenosis.

    When its not acting up I’m okay.

    But when it does and I have back spasms, they can last from 5 minutes to 2 days. No warning signs and no treatment available to ward them off or fix them when they show up.

  16. lucimorland says: Feb 23, 2013 12:59 PM

    Georgia had little to lose by taking on Jarvis. He cost them a scholarship, and that’s it.

    In the NFL, for a top pick, the risks are much higher for the team.

    If he gets hurt badly, you’re out his salary ($10-20mm) AND you just blew a draft pick you could have spent on someone who isn’t hurt.

    Very different scenarios.

  17. packownsu says: Feb 23, 2013 1:06 PM

    Well he’ll NEVER be drafted by the Packers now. They already got screwed and lost a 2005 2nd round (#58) draft pick- Terrence Murphy to spinal stenosis. TT won’t get burned twice.

  18. mjkelly77 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:09 PM

    If the Lions get him, I hope it isn’t until the fifth round.

  19. mjkelly77 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:14 PM

    lilpuppy says:Feb 23, 2013 12:43 PM

    medical condition that could affect his longterm future…my Lions will gamble on him with the 5th overall…they won’t learn from gambling on Javhid Best
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    YOUR Lions might. My Lions won’t. Guaranteed.

  20. lilpuppy says: Feb 23, 2013 1:14 PM

    ^^^ I hope we pass on him altogether..we can’t afford to waste draft picks

  21. againsville says: Feb 23, 2013 1:20 PM

    He’ll be this years version of Daquan Bowers. High second round pick at worst. He’s obviously playing at a high level with the condition right now, so why not give him a 4 year contract. These teams act as if they draft him it’ll be a ten year commitment

  22. keylimelight says: Feb 23, 2013 1:28 PM

    “…Georgia welcomed him with open arms shows that reasonable medical minds will differ on whether to take the risk…”

    Some medical minds think it’s not their neck so what the heck.

    I support Jarvis’ right to play–it’s his choice. But if a team drafts him, they’re rolling the dice because one bad hit would put him on injured reserve. Making it a wasted pick.

  23. packownsu says: Feb 23, 2013 1:28 PM

    profootballwalk says:
    Feb 23, 2013 12:23 PM
    There’s not a team that wouldn’t spend a 7th round pick on the guy, just to get a year or two out of him for small money. So obviously, he’s not ‘off their boards.’

    WRONG- google Terrence Murphy. The Packers won’t even waste a 7th on another draft pick with spinal stenosis.

  24. tafisher123 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    What teams decided to pass on him? ‘Multiple teams’ What a hollow story. Get hard cold facts instead of speculation…
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    Yeah but its coming from ‘a league source’ so you know its legit. The problem that ‘reporters/bloggers’ have this time of year is that there are no real interesting stories to write about. So if you want to continue to receive a paycheck, you need to make stuff up even though you have no sources. If your fake/embellished story happens to kill a few careers along the way, well that’s the breaks. Not to pick on Florio though….he takes orders from his boss just like you and me. I mean just look at where this ‘story’ is published….its in the Rumor Mill and Top Stories section.

  25. mrcogburn says: Feb 23, 2013 1:33 PM

    PFT hyperbole. Gets us every time.

  26. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:33 PM

    im gonna change my name to jarvisjonesneck29

  27. mjkelly77 says: Feb 23, 2013 2:11 PM

    lilpuppy says:Feb 23, 2013 1:14 PM

    ^^^ I hope we pass on him altogether..we can’t afford to waste draft picks
    ____________

    Yeah, so many 7th rounders turn out to be studs in the NFL.

  28. ocon171 says: Feb 23, 2013 2:52 PM

    Teams could also be sending out BS to get hi to fall to them…

  29. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Feb 23, 2013 4:09 PM

    It’s the same condition Rob Gronk has.

  30. orlandodawg says: Feb 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    balmerjim says:
    Feb 23, 2013 12:30 PM
    The Browns will trade up for him. Count on it.
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    God I hope not. But they do love drafting players with huge injury problems. Between this dude and Dion Jordans injury they now have these guys up to 1 and 2 on their draft boards with Leon Sandcastle 3. Banner’s glasses are getting foggy trying to decide on whom to trade up for.

  31. shlort says: Feb 23, 2013 4:41 PM

    Problem here is this. Some team will take a chance on him and not care if he ends up in a wheel chair. The Player will take the chance and not care if he ends up in a wheel chair.

    This kid has one way to make good money, and that is playing football. His other option at a career? I don’t know if he got an education in college, but most guys who turn pro in the NFL after school don’t earn a degree. And, most of those who don’t earn a degree couldn’t earn one because they majored in football in HS and College and that was enough to get them through.

    So, it is a question of whether he wants to make millions playing pro ball and take a chance, or maybe flip burgers somewhere and always wondering if he coulda made it. He’ll take football, and football will take him.

  32. mgfred says: Feb 23, 2013 4:54 PM

    As someone who has had at a much older age the same operation on my neck as Peyton, both the team and the player need to be very concerned about his neck injury. Personally I feel the money is not worth the risk….

  33. ndrick731 says: Feb 23, 2013 8:38 PM

    Medical professionals might differ my ass. Or it might be that the SEC doesn’t care about anything about wins and money.

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