There were some concerns about Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones’ past diagnosis of spinal stenosis early on in the draft process and the questions led many to believe that the star linebacker could fall in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but they closer teams and medical professionals look at Jones’ spine and neck, he is getting a clean bill of health that will be a non-issue.
According to the National Football Post, leading orthopedist Craig Brigham sent out a memo to NFL teams that stated, “Jarvis is cleared to play without restriction.”
Per the National Football Post report:
Jarvis Jones’ neck injury is starting to look like it might be a non-issue on draft day, and there is little chance he will fall out of the top 10. In a medical report that was sent to NFL teams, leading orthopedist Craig Brigham refutes that Jones ever had a significant spinal cord contusion.
When he was at Southern Cal, the pass rusher was diagnosed with one, and Southern Cal did not allow him to play in 2010.
Jones transferred to Georgia and played two seasons with no problems. Brigham concluded that Jones either had a very mild incident of spinal cord concussion or merely a stinger that has long since resolved. Even if another similar injury occurred, Brigham concluded it would not be a career ending issue.
That is very good news for Jones, who is one of the most talented players in the 2013 draft class.
With the medical concerns, Jones could have fallen in to the twenties, but now it appears that he will be long gone and whoever drafts him will receive a stud linebacker with no medical questions.