Injury discovered two days before likely first-round draft pick’s scheduled workout at the NFL Scouting Combine
By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer
Former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones will have a pin inserted to repair a stress fracture in his foot on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
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Agent Jimmy Sexton said Wednesday that the injury was discovered two days before the likely first-round draft pick’s scheduled workout at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Jones still not only participated but ran the 40 in 4.39 seconds and turned in a combine-best 11-foot, 3-inch broad jump. He wasn’t experiencing any symptoms, the agent said.
Sexton said recovery should take 6 to 8 weeks. He said there was no need for Jones to participate in Alabama’s pro day next Wednesday after the combine performance, anyway.
“There’s nothing else he can do that he hasn’t done at the combine,” Sexton said. “He had a great workout, great 40, great vertical.”
Robert Anderson will perform the surgery in Charlotte.
Jones proved adept at playing through injuries throughout his Alabama career. He broke a bone in his left hand against South Carolina on Oct. 9, but kept playing and had 12 catches for 221 against Tennessee two weeks after surgery.
He had a career-best season, making 78 catches for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns.