University of Washington Husky CB Sidney Jones fell to injury at team’s Pro Day
University of Washington Husky cornerback Sidney Jones was already one of the highly touted cornerbacks heading for the 2017 NFL Draft. But his NFL combine scores, a component of a teams overall assessment of the player, were not as outstanding as his top ranked projection suggested.
At the University of Washington Pro Day on March 11, 2017, Sidney Jones IV planned to do just that. But as he performed in front of representatives from a number of NFL Teams, disaster struck. Backpedaling, he pushed off from his right foot, dug in with his left foot, and immediately pulled up. He fell, and when helped to his feet could not place any weight on his foot.
Reports Suggest Achilles Tendon
There was no way to gauge the severity of the injury when Jones fell. But the torque and immediacy of the injury immediately brought fears of serious injury.
For the time being, the only hope is to wait. The team has schedule MRI tests for Monday, March 13, to get a clearer understanding of the injury. Initial reports suggest that the injury is his Achilles Heel Tendon.
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Jones is the third UW NFL prospect with huge upside but recovering from injury. Edge rusher Joe Mathis fell during the 2016 football season and is eager to prove to the NFL how devastating he can be to the passer. WR John Ross has schedule shoulder surgery after Pro day, and will be spending the next weeks recovering. Now Jones joins the pair.
Per Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports.com, the injury happened on the last defensive drill. Edholm suggests that Jones may have been pushing himself to better less than stellar NFL Combine scores. Now, his first NFL Season is up in the air.
The diagnosis for Sidney Jones IV Achilles Tendon will be determined via MRI on Monday. Due to Jones status as a professional athlete, surgery is virtually certain. Per MayoClinic.org, the surgery involves surgically repairing the ruptured tendon with sutures. Following the surgery, the injured site is eased back into health. A cast is likely applied to immobilize the joint. After six weeks, the cast is removed, and Jones will be permitted to apply his full weight on the left foot once more.
Once Jones can stand full weight, a regiment of rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the muscles once more. By six months, the site will be healed. But full use of the leg at 100% can take as long as a year from the date of the surgery.
The injury will likely eliminate Jones from the first round of the NFL Draft. But he is far from out of the NFL. He will likely land on an NFL Team, be categorized as Physically Unable to Perform, and will be given time to fully heal before joining the team on the training field.
Similar to the injury sustained to the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree on May 2013. In that year, Crabtree played his first game on December 1st, 2013. Since Jones’ injury has happened two months earlier, a very rough estimate could see him suiting up for October 2017.