Optimism follows day-long surgery for Chad Jones

Surgery that lasted nearly the entire day for New York Giants rookie safety Chad Jones was deemed a success, but whether or not he will be able to resume his football career is a question at this point as he faces a lengthy rehabilitation process.

Jones was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash early Friday morning in New Orleans and spent the day in surgery as doctors worked to repair his left leg and save his left foot. He suffered multiple broken bones and potential nerve damage.

“I think it's too premature to even speculate on any (timetable for a return) at this point," Jones’ agent Rocky Arceneaux told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I know his family is absolutely ecstatic that the surgery was successful.”

Arcenaux speculated that Jones would be able to walk again and that the left leg will not need to be amputated. With that still in question, a return to playing football or baseball – he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers – is an afterthought at this point. One of the keys for doctors during surgery was improving the blood flow in his foot.

"Chad got this far. God brought him this far. He's not going to leave him alone, " said his father, Al Jones said. "Chad is a fighter. That's why he's at this point and stage in his life, and he's going to continue to fight. ... One way or another, Chad's going to be just fine.”

Jones was cited by police for careless operation of his vehicle and toxicology reports are pending.

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