"We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we'll continue to work with him in his rehab," Giants GM Jerry Reese said today. "As we've said since his accident, we're thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal life."
The team also announced they signed Florida safety Will Hill to fill Jones' roster spot.
Jones' doctor cited that the former LSU baseball and football star suffered a setback in what had become a compelling comeback story. From the team's website:
"Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures," said Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician. "This type of injury is often limb threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He has made a remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the leg. However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The resultant functional impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for professional football."
Hill, who hails from West Orange, was a highly-touted high school star who had a unceremonious career in Gainesville and went undrafted in last year's NFL draft. His only pro experience is with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.