Chad Jones, the rookie safety for the Giants who was seriously injured in a car wreck last week, has been transferred to the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center according to the New York Post.
Jones was accompanied on the flight by his girlfriend, Jade Newman. He is expected to require plastic surgery on his left leg and possibly additional orthopedic procedures.
Jones was only days away from attending the NFL’s rookie symposium in Carlsbad, Calif., when disaster struck. He was the driver in a serious accident early last Friday morning when his Range Rover slammed into a street-car pole in New Orleans.
The two passengers in the vehicle escaped with minor injuries but Jones suffered multiple fractures to his left leg and underwent eight hours of surgery to improve the blood flow in his left foot.
Jones won’t be able to play football this season and perhaps never again, although his agent, Rocky Arceneaux, has stated he believes Jones will be able to return to professional sports, if not football than perhaps baseball, where Jones was a left-handed pitcher on LSU’s 2009 national championship baseball team.
Here’s hoping Jones makes a full recovery and can one day play football again, whether that’s a year from now or longer down the road. But whether he laces up his cleats again is a moot point because he’s still breathing, and that’s the only thing that matters right now.