Chad Jones’ improbable comeback appears to be one step closer to reality.
Jones, a 2010 Giants draft pick who was severely injured in a car accident later that summer, passed a physical on Monday and completed the paperwork that will allow him to attempt to make the team this summer, according to his agent Rocky Arceneaux. The Giants have yet to confirm the most recent events.
UPDATE: You may have noticed some funny wording above about the physical and paperwork. Here's the reason for that. The Giants say that Jones has not yet passed their preseason physical (it's unclear if he's taken one). So whose physical did Jones pass? Remember a few weeks ago when Peyton Manning's doctors said he was cleared to return but the Colts doctors said they had not cleared him? Seems like the same situation here, only likely more amicable. As for the paperwork part, his contract was adjusted in the event that he is able to get back on the field this year. Both sides remain optimistic that will happen this summer.
Jones, a safety from LSU, was a third-round pick but he never had a chance to participate in training camp. The car accident left his leg so mangled that doctors were concerned he may never again walk. This fall, Jones began running 40-yard dashes. He was on the sideline during the Super Bowl XLVI win over the Patriots and last week, in an interview in New Orleans, he said he was at about 80 percent full strength and was headed to New York this week. He spent the 2011 season on the reserve/non-football injury list.
The Giants begin their offseason training program on April 16 and Arceneaux said Jones will participate, although how much and even at what position is still unclear. Jones was drafted as a safety, but could move to linebacker where any loss of speed from the accident could be mitigated.
Here's an article from November that details the accident and Jones' path back to the NFL.