New York Giants rookie Chad Jones may lose leg after car accident, report says
Chad Jones, a two-sport star at LSU who was drafted by the New York Giants, underwent surgery for a broken left leg and ankle Friday following a dawn wreck in which his SUV smashed into a pole.
Jones was admitted to the LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans in guarded condition. His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, disclosed the injuries to the Associated Press. He added that the 21-year-old player was alert when taken to the hospital and was still in surgery in the early afternoon. WWLTV in New Orleans reported that doctors may be unable to save the leg because nerves and arteries were exposed in the accident.
It was not clear what caused Jones to lose control of his vehicle at about 6 a.m. on a six-lane thoroughfare with a streetcar line on the west side of the city, police spokeswoman Shereese Harper said.
Jones was extracted from the vehicle, but the two other men riding with him were fine, Harper said. She said it was too early in the investigation to know if Jones was speeding, and police will run toxicology reports to see if alcohol was a factor.
Jones, a safety, was drafted in the third round. He was part of the Tigers' 2007 national championship team and also was a left-handed relief pitcher for the 2009 LSU baseball team that won the 2009 College World Series. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers weeks after the Giants selected him in the NFL draft. He signed with the Giants last week.
-- Associated Press
Video of rescue workers at the accident is courtesy of WWLTV.com