The remarkable comeback story of LSU safety Chad Jones hit a bit of a snag on Monday as the New York Giants announced they have waived the defensive back following a failed physical. In his place, they have signed safety Will Hill, the high school superstar who spent his college years at the University of Florida.
“We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we'll continue to work with him in his rehab," General Manager Jerry Reese said. "As we've said since his accident, we're thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal life."
In the press release sent out to the New York media, Jones' agent also alluded to a "minor setback" that will prevent him from a "full recovery" for another few months. They remain hopeful that he will someday be able to return to the football field.
“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.”
Jones nearly lost his life in a single-car accident in New Orleans on June 25th, 2010. He has since wowed the medical community as he was not only able to avoid amputation of his badly damaged leg, but was recently able to run a 4.84 40-yard dash.
Hill, meanwhile, was a high school standout who ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com all ranked as top safety recruit in the country following his senior year. Despite some solid years at the University of Florida, Hill never lived up to his immense hype and went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. There were also some questions about his character, as his Twitter account was once used to post some heinous remarks and photos that put a strain on his marriage. He remains insistent that he had nothing to do with those tweets and that his account was hacked.
Hill was with the Giants last week for rookie mini-camp.
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