Whether or not Chad Jones plays football again following a June 25 car accident in New Orleans, the New York Giants still consider the rookie safety to be a member of the team and are taking medical responsibility for the third-round draft pick out of LSU, The Times-Picayune reported Sunday.
Despite telling the New York Post last week that his son had football on his mind, Jones' father, Al Jones, said it has yet to be determined if the defensive back will be able to play again.
"Nobody has said whether Chad will play again or not," Al Jones told the The Times-Picayune from New York, where Chad Jones was transported Tuesday for treatment at the Hospital for Special Surgery. "We're not even asking that question right now.
"Things are going well. They have shown that they are taking good care of Chad while they're doing what they need to do to make sure their investment is protected."
Jones suffered a shattered left tibia and fibula as well as artery and nerve damage in a one-car accident in New Orleans in the early hours of June 25.
New Orleans police said Jones will not face any additional charges stemming from the accident since no evidence of drug or alcohol use was detected.
Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants' team physician and surgeon-in-chief at HSS, said Jones faces additional orthopedic, neurological, vascular and orthopedic surgery over the next several weeks and that no prognosis has been given.
While a prognosis could lead to a settlement between Chad Jones and the Giants, Al Jones said the subject isn't being discussed right now.
"Nobody's rushing anything," he said. "And we're not worried about whether or not Chad can play right now. The life and health of my son is my concern, not his contract. I know he's in good hands."