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.