Questions Abound After Accident, Surgery
What happens next for the Giants' Chad Jones, now that he has emerged successfully from surgery?The first and foremost concern, of course, is his health. Let me say right off the top how relieved we are that Chad will keep his leg and that doctors believe he may walk normally again.
But his road to recovery will be a lengthy and trying one. The first step would be the healing of the injured leg. Everything hinges on how well that goes.
Nothing is known about that time frame because it is way too early put a time frame on it.
It is also not completely known what else besides fractures occurred to the leg. Is there nerve or vascular damage? If so, there are more circumstances to consider.
Former Chicago Bulls' guard Jay Williams was in a similar situation after he crashed his motorcycle in 2003. Williams sustained nerve damage to to his leg in the accident, which is what is believed to have happened to Jones.
It took Williams three years to get back into the game, but he could not catch on with an NBA team. He works for ESPN now.
At this time, we do not not know how similar Jones' injury is to Williams'. I am just drawing parallels to cases involving sports figures and nerve damage.
Jones will require extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation. That is a process that varies from patient to patient. The outlook for this can't be determined until the doctors see how the leg is healing.
We wish him a speedy recovery and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Jones could have more severe legal issues in front of him.He was charged with a COV (careless operation of a vehicle), which in most municipalities is punishable by a fine and points against the driver's license.
That may seem minor, but it may be the least of the charges. Toxicology reports are forthcoming on Jones. What is found in that report will determine if more charges are levied. After all, the accident occurred at 6:15 AM and no other vehicles were involved to prompt Jones from losing control.
If something turns up, the league also will be compelled to act. Hopefully, nothing turns up....
Jones' football future is on hold for now.It is unknown whether his career is over. It is in jeopardy, that is for certain. His Giants' career is the most in jeopardy.
The Giants have a decision to make shortly on what to do with Jones. He isn't going to play this year, or possibly next, so there may be no place in the organization for him.
Keep in mind this is a non-football related injury and is not covered under the current CBA's injury protection clause (Article XII).
They can part ways with Jones and try to void the four year, $2.6 million contract they signed him to last week.. They can also try to recoup the $825k bonus that goes along with that, but league rules may prohibit them from doing that.
That seems cold, but this is a business and a breach of contract can be evoked. This will probably be a last resort strategy by the team. But remember what both Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese told the players and the media about being safe? This situation plays right into that.
If they believe he may able to play in 2011, they can place him on IR or PUP for 2010 and then wait until next season to make a move. But that would entail paying him.
The Giants have some time to allow Jones' situation to play itself out a bit before arriving at a solution. They will do that, because they conduct themselves will class and dignity.
Their public statement was one of concern for Jones' overall health, but that was all.
Football is a business and if an organization has options, you can be certain they will explore them all.