Recovery takes time
Some look at the injury to Sidney Jones’ Achilles Heel as the key element that dropped him out of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and emptied his first NFL contract of millions of dollars. Perhaps that view is correct.
But from a differing perspective, Sidney Jones IV is a very cerebral player. He studies film, learns his opponent’s tendencies, and succeeds in many contests by anticipating correctly. So the preparation for the NFL is as much about observing as it is training his body.
In the NFL, the timetable is something nobody will commit to because it opens the door to criticism. Rush ahead of a conservative timetable, and the opinion is he was hurried back. Fall behind an aggressive timetable, and the opinion is he suffered a setback.
Four-six month healing process
The healing process is very much an individual matter, but physicians did lay out the timetable as a four-six month process. Per that timetable, he has passed the eight week mark, and is now walking in shoes. It’s the end of June 2017. The timetable projects his return to full health between the end of August 2017 to the end of October 2017.
But that is just the healing process. From that point on, he will need to train to be NFL ready. That could project Jones’ playing time to mid-December.