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New York Giants overseeing recovery of rookie safety Chad Jones

The Times-Picayune—New Orleans—July 4, 2010

Chad Jones faces several procedures on his severely injured left leg before a prognosis on his football future can be given.

But for now, the ex-LSU safety is considered a member of the New York Giants, and the team has taken medical responsibility for their recently signed third-round draft pick.

"Nobody has said whether Chad will play again or not," Al Jones, Chad's father, said from New York, where Chad was transported Tuesday for treatment at Hospital for Special Surgery, an orthopedic specialty facility. "We're not even asking that question right now.”

Jones, 21, was injured June 23 in a one-car accident in New Orleans, a few days after he signed a four-year, $2.616 million contract with the Giants.

After extensive surgery on the day of the accident at the Interim LSU Public Hospital that saved his leg, Jones was transferred to New York after a consultation between Al and Patti Jones, Chad's mother, and Charles Way, the Giants' director of player of development, who had been dispatched to New Orleans by the team.

At Hospital for Special Surgery, which is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Jones is under the care of Dr. David Helfet, the director of orthopedic trauma service.

Jones was removed from intensive care Thursday and also received a visit from Giants Coach Tom Coughlin that day. Jones was scheduled to undergo his first procedure at HSS on Saturday. Plastic surgery to replace skin on Jones' leg is scheduled for Tuesday.

Dr. Russell Warren, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at HSS and the Giants' team physician, said in a release by the team that Jones faces additional orthopedic, neurological, vascular and orthopedic surgery over the next several weeks, adding, "Since he will undergo several additional procedures over the next few weeks, no prognosis has been given."

Al Jones said the subject of contract implications is off the table for now.

This story originally appeared at nola.com.


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