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Giants S Chad Jones Eyeing 2012 Return

One year after nearly losing his leg in a single-car accident in New Orleans, Giants safety Chad Jones is on the comeback trail, writes Ohm Youngmiusk of ESPN New York.

“It’s never taken me six months to do anything, not one single thing,” said Jones. “[But] it took me six months just to basically walk. It took me 30 minutes to take three steps when I first started rehab in the hospital. It was excruciating pain just even standing up and letting that blood flow again through my leg.

“I am definitely about 70 percent better,” Jones continued. “There was talk of me not even being able to walk again and now I am actually jogging. I’ve been through a long journey.”

A 2010 third-round pick out of LSU, Jones lost control of his Range Rover in the early morning hours of June 25, shattering his tibia, fibula, the heel on his left foot, and taking a huge chunk of muscle out of his leg. A severed artery cut off blood flow to his foot, and the two-sport standout for the Tigers–Jones was a 13th round pick of the Houston Astros in 2007–sustained nerve damage in his ankle.

Two weeks earlier, Jones had signed a four-year, $2.615 million contract that included an $825,965 signing bonus, which the Giants allowed Jones to keep, despite missing his entire rookie season to an off-field injury. Jones will miss the 2011 season, as well, but the 22-year-old hopes to resume his career in 2012, even if means a switch to linebacker.

“I feel that if he continues on this route, he can definitely be in summer training next year,” physical therapist John Moran said. “My goal is to have him run on the field in New York in the 2012 football season.”

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One Response to “Giants S Chad Jones Eyeing 2012 Return”

  1. LIGiantfan says:

    Continued Good Luck to Chad!! I hope to see him on the field as a NY Giant in 2012. What a great story of overcoming adversity that would be!!

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