University of Washington Huskies Cornerback Sidney Jones Is bound and determined to reassure he’s on track to NFL team
University of Washington Huskies cornerback Sidney Jones IV was a top rated prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft. Was, until that fateful moment at the Washington Huskies Pro Day. On what was very likely his last drill of the event, he fell to the ground and could not place any weight on his injured foot/ankle.
The fears of spectators was a ruptured Achilles Tendon. Those reports were confirmed by medical examination.
The ensuing surgery was a rousing success. The injury was high, allowing for repairs to occur high enough to mend the tear in an area of ample blood supply, healthy tissue, and plenty of room to operate, literally. In fact, the surgery went so well that Sidney Jones claimed he was still the “Best Corner In The Draft”.
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May Be Best Corner In Draft, Eventually
Ultimately, he may very well be. His injury should be healed completely by June 2017. After that, it will simply be a matter of gently increasing the strength and range of motion of the injury. And that is where it can get tricky.
Medically healthy is not the same as game ready. The injury will be fully healed by September 2017. If rehabbed correctly, Sidney Jones will have no gimp, limp, or stutter stride as he strengthens his ankle. In fact, you can see the medical timeline Ian Rappaports tweet.
Healing, like love, takes time
Note the timeline includes a boot for four weeks, aquatherapy and stationary bike for a period of time. The projection for “full health” runs in the 4-6 months time frame. Now that is not to say that he will be suited up and starting in September. Putting on pads is a far cry different from becoming an integral part of an 11 man defense.
But this is not time wasted along the way. Sidney Jones is a very intelligent cornerback who studies films and is incredible at anticipating the receiver’s moves. Even on the sidelines, he is improving each day.
Does Sidney Jones IV come with some risks? Of course. All NFL draft prospects do. But Jones is a proven commodity who has proven he can play on an island in pass defense. Now he simply has to prove that he still can. And he is determined to do just that.