Report: Julio Jones will have foot surgery on Saturday
Julio Jones, who lit up the NFL Scouting Combine over the weekend with a broken foot, will undergo surgery on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., to repair the issue.
Noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the surgery, inserting a screw, Jones’ agent Jimmy Sexton told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. It’s expected to take Jones roughly eight weeks to fully recover.
The former Alabama star ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds and had a broad jump of 11 feet, 3 inches, just shy of the best mark at the combine in the past decade. At 6-2, 220 pounds, he looks like a lock to be selected in the top half of the first round and perhaps the top 10.
What’s interesting is former Texas Tech star Michael Crabtree didn’t participate at the 2009 combine because of a similar foot injury. He was selected 10th that year by the San Francisco 49ers. Jones might be more impressive physically. David Terrell, a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 2001, had a similar foot issue when he was drafted too.
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