From a medical standpoint, it’s easy to see why Jones struggled early with the Philadelphia Eagles.
By now, anyone over the age of 18 has probably figured out that medical advice should never be sought after on Google. Researching the symptoms of a toothache could be enough to make you feel like it’s time to find a funeral coordinator. Still, if you’re patient enough, you can, occasionally, piece together a few opinions, find some similarities, and come up with a real gameplan for treatment and recovery.
Here’s the point. We’ve watched professional athletes power their way through rehab so often that we’ve become accustomed to believing that what they do is normal. It is not.
If any normal human had torn an Achilles tendon, according to medlineplus.gov, they might be advised by their primary care physician that they should start moving their heel at about the two to the three-week mark or they could be told that they need to start doing so up to six weeks after surgery. Then, with the help of rehab, most people can return to normal activity at about four or six months.
Whether you know any medical advisor that agrees with that or not, here’s what we can agree on. NFL action is anything but normal. Jones probably needed the full year to heal, but he was back on the field for Philly’s 2017 regular-season finale versus the Dallas Cowboys.
Could we argue that he returned too early and that hurt his development? Could we argue that battling hamstring issues all season long in 2018 doesn’t give us a definite indication of how good or bad he was? Might he have been fully healthy at the end of 2019? Maybe he has finally turned the corner. 2020 is a contract season. There are no more excuses. He’s had plenty of rest. This could, indeed, be the year.