Updated June 25, 2010 @ 9:40 p.m. ET
Giants third-round pick Chad Jones was involved in a car crash early Friday morning in New Orleans and underwent more than seven hours of surgery for a broken left leg and ankle, according to his agent, Rocky Arceneaux.
Jones suffered multiple breaks in his lower left leg, and there appears to be nerve damage, but the initial diagnosis is that amputation of the leg won't be necessary, Arceneaux told NFL.com. Jones won't play this season, but it's too early to determine whether the injuries will be career-threatening.
Jones' sports-utility vehicle hit a pole on a six-lane thoroughfare with a streetcar line on the west side of the city around 6 a.m., but it waa not clear what caused the former LSU star to lose control of his vehicle, according to police spokeswoman Shereese Harper. Two passengers in the SUV escaped injury. Police plan to run toxicology tests to see if alcohol was a factor in the crash, Harper said.
Arceneaux said he spoke to the passengers, who said Jones was in the far left lane and turned the wheel abruptly to get his tires off the streetcar-track grooves. The vehicle then rolled into a pole that carries an overhead electrical wire powering the streetcar line.
Jones was admitted to LSU Public Hospital in guarded condition and reportedly was alert upon his arrival there.
Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon issued the following statement late Friday afternoon:
"We continue to gather information on Chad's condition, and obviously our primary concern is for his health and well-being," the team said. "Jerry Reese and his staff have maintained contact with Chad's family throughout the day."
Jones recently signed his rookie contract for the Giants, who had expected him to vie for time at safety and on special teams. He was one of the players being considered as a replacement for PR Domenik Hixon, who has been lost for the season with an ACL injury.
Now Jones’ health is in serious doubt — as is his presence at the Giants’ training camp, which begins at the end of July.
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