Published March 13, 2013 - 9:50am
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The fate of Jarvis Jones’ draft position unfortunately relies more on doctors than his actual ability on the field. And for all the hoopla regarding his spinal stenosis, it may have been a non-issue from the beginning.
According to a report from National Football Post, leading orthopedist Craig Brigham said Jarvis Jones never had a significant spinal cord contusion. Brigham believes that Jones had a very mild incident of a contusion or even a stinger.
Brigham concluded, “Jarvis is cleared to play without restriction.”
As evidenced by Jones’ electrifying two seasons at Georgia, his spinal stenosis never reared its ugly head in Athens, and the situation should now be resolved.
In 2009, USC doctors diagnosed Jones with spinal stenosis and would not clear him medically, helping prompt a transfer to Georgia.
Doubt will still loom in some GMs minds, but we can expect Jones’ stock not to freefall in next month’s first round.
Jones racked up 28 sacks and 44 tackles for loss in just two seasons at Georgia. He will get to impress scouts at the Bulldogs’ pro day March 21st.
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