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Giants rookie Jones released from hospital

Giants safety Chad Jones was seriously injured in

Giants safety Chad Jones was seriously injured in a single-car accident in New Orleans on June 24, 2010. Photo Credit: James A. Escher

Giants rookie safety Chad Jones was released from the hospital Tuesday after a monthlong stay and will return to his hometown of New Orleans, the team announced.

The third-round draft pick out of LSU was transferred to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on June 29 after suffering serious injuries to his left leg and ankle in an early-morning single-car accident in New Orleans on June 24, when Jones lost control of his SUV and crashed into a pole.

Although police were unable to test his blood-alcohol level before he went into surgery, officers did interview Jones' two passengers, who had only minor injuries, and found no evidence that alcohol was a factor.

Jones had several surgeries in both New Orleans and New York since the accident.

"Chad is in great spirits and excited to be getting out of the hospital," Giants vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes, who visited Jones Tuesday, told The Associated Press. "All has gone well thus far for Chad, and he will return in probably six to eight weeks for another surgical procedure."

The team said Jones plans to return to New York for the additional surgery.

The Giants, who open training camp Sunday in Albany, have not made a roster move with Jones - who signed a contract about a week before the accident - or discussed how his injuries might affect his career.

The hospital likely conducted its own blood or urine tests, but authorities have not decided whether to subpoena those, police said. Jones was cited for careless operation of a vehicle.

Jones was part of LSU's 2007 national football champions and was a lefthanded relief pitcher for the 2009 Tigers, who won the College World Series. He was drafted by the Brewers weeks after the Giants selected him in the NFL draft.

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