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More Surgeries Ahead for Chad Jones


“Former two-sport LSU standout Chad Jones continues to receive care in a New York hospital following the June 25 car accident that left his left leg, ankle and thigh badly damaged and put his athletic career in jeopardy.

Al Jones, Chad’s father, said Thursday his son still has “a series of operations” in front of him, but doctors are happy with the recent NFL draft pick’s progress.

“They like what they see with his leg,” Al Jones said. “It’s going to take some time. They still haven’t given us any kind of timetable. There still hasn’t been a decision about how he will be able to come back and perform.

“But things are looking good for him.”

As a football player, Jones starred at safety in LSU’s secondary for three years. In baseball, he worked as a lefty reliever on the 2009 national championship team.

Jones bypassed his final year of eligibility in football — as well as his final two in baseball — to enter the NFL draft. He was selected by the New York Giants with the 76th overall pick.

Jones later signed a four-year contract with the team worth $2.615 million, with a guaranteed signing bonus of $825,965. But on June 25, his path to the NFL was sidetracked.

Traveling north on Carrolton Avenue in New Orleans, Jones lost control of his Range Rover and struck a pole. He underwent more than 7 hours of emergency surgery in New Orleans, and doctors were able to restore blood flow to his foot and ankle.

Four days later, he was flown to New York on a plane provided by the Giants.

“Chad is under the care of the doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said Thursday in an email. “Over the next few weeks, he will undergo a series of procedures. Following the surgeries, the plan is for Chad to do his rehab in Baton Rouge. Chad received great care from the medical professionals in New Orleans, and he continues to get great attention here in New York.”

Al Jones said his son expects to make a full recovery.

“He’s in good spirits,” Al Jones said, “and he feels like everything will ultimately be OK.”

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