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Report: New York Giants’ Chad Jones Cleared to Play by Personal Doctor, Restructures Final Two Years

February 15th, 2012 at 2:05 PM
By Dan Benton

The recovery story of New York Giants safety Chad Jones continues to be one for the ages. Not only did the former LSU standout pass a physical on Monday (not the Giants' preseason physical, which he is scheduled to take this offseason), but Big Blue has enough faith in him and his progress to lock him up for another two years keep him around by restructuring his final two years.

That's not the end of the good news for Jones. Jade Newman, Jones' girlfriend, also said that Jones has been medically cleared by his personal physician to play without any restrictions. He's expected to report in April for offseason training, which is when he'll likely take the Giants' preseason physical.

Jones was involved in a horrific car crash that nearly cost him his life in June of 2010, shortly after being drafted by the Giants in round three (76th overall) of the NFL Draft. He's been recovering ever since and has, obviously, made some tremendous strides in recent months. He was with the team on the sidelines for Super Bowl XLVI and will receive a championship ring.

UPDATE: Contrary to the WWLTV report (citing Jade Newman), Ralph Vacchiano reports that Jones did not sign a two-year contract extension, but did restructure his final two years and remains signed through 2013. This will lower his base salary about $100K each year over the reaming two years.

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32 Responses to “Report: New York Giants’ Chad Jones Cleared to Play by Personal Doctor, Restructures Final Two Years”

  1.  The Original G Man says:

    What a story it’ll be if he ends up making it back.

  2.  Nosh says:

    Wow. Pretty incredible. I’m still skeptical, but I’ll be rooting for him. Would be one of the most unlikely comebacks in sports.

  3.  TuckThis says:

    Amazing! I truly hope this has a happy ending for all!

  4.  jerseyrich says:

    assuming he can come back its like having two extra high-end draft picks this year with him and marvin austin.

  5.  norm says:

    Meh…

    …Reese just wants to corner the market on “feel-good” stories.

    First, Herzlich and Andre Brown… now Jones.

    Word has it that he’s trying to figure out a way to get Jeremy Lin in Blue next year.

  6.  Dirt says:

    G101 used to yell over each other about how ridiculous it was that Reese refused to invest high picks on NFL linebackers. Then 2011 happened, where Blackburn and Williams played well, and all the sudden no one is saying a high pick needs to be spent on an LB.

    Reese isn’t going out of his way to get an OL high either, unless such unpassable prospect is sitting there. Rightfully so, he’d rather take an impact player high. And he’s gonna rely on coaching, value and smarts at other areas.

    (Note I, too, formerly banged the drum for an LB and OL. I think this OL turns out nice in 2012 with no extra pieces. Funny how Diehl just had surgery that no one knew about. How much more don’t we know about the injuries?)

  7.  wlubake says:

    Not to put a damper on the great Chad Jones news, but I saw the following in a Don Banks article about Peyton Manning’s neck. I have to say I’ve had these same concerns before. Hate to see it in print:

    “All four of Manning’s recent surgeries or medical procedures have been on the right side of his neck, league sources said. The team is concerned that Manning’s neck injuries have reached the chronic stage, and that there could be a genetic aspect to his condition. Manning’s older brother, Cooper, 38, had his college football career ended before it began when he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that required surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. In Peyton Manning’s case, any evidence of stenosis is thought to be on the moderate side, league sources said, but the likelihood of further complications increase with each new surgery he undergoes.”

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/don_banks/02/15/peyton/index.html#ixzz1mTplHGqt

    •  wlubake says:

      Obviously the concern is any genetic component could affect Eli, too. I’m sure he’s keeping an eye on his spine, though, given his family history.

  8.  Krow says:

    Even if he only contributes on specials it’ll be a great story.

  9.  norm says:

    All kidding aside, what Jones has already achieved is remarkable.

    That he is even able to run after nearly losing a leg is incredible. That he was able to post a 4.84 40 time, even more so.

    Sadly, if he ever wants to play safety in the NFL, he’s going to have to shave another 2-3 tenths of a second of that 40 time. I don’t know if that’s doable.

    The good news is that 4.84 is not too slow to play LB at the NFL level. But in the most recent photos I’ve seen of Jones, he looks thin as a rail. If he can somehow manage to bulk up without losing any of the speed he’s regained, Jones might have an outside chance of cracking this roster as a linebacker.

  10. Matthew Kiernankujo says:

    Can’t wait to see what this guy can do. At the very least, guys like he and Herz are sure to add some serious fire and inspiration to the special teams.

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