Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is one of the bigger wild cards in the 2013 NFL Draft. He's a phenomenally athletic player and as dangerous a pass-rusher as they come. But he's got a history of spinal stenosis, and that could scare teams off.
Unless Jones is given a clean bill of healthy, anyway. Which, according to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, is exactly what's happened.
Pompei reports that orthepedist Craig Brigham examined Jones and, in a report that was sent to NFL teams, said Jones doesn't have spinal stenosis but instead "either had a very mild incident of spinal cord concussion or merely a stinger that has long since resolved," according to the Pompei.
Brigham's report told teams that even if Jones suffered another similar injury that "it would not be a career-ending issue."
"Jarvis is cleared to play without restriction," Brigham's report concluded.
There's been a lot of back and forth recently about Jones' health, with him reportedly drawing red flags from "multiple teams" because of his health. Jones adamantly disputed that report to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
NFLDraftScout.com learned at the combine that at least three teams still had Jones on their board and that he'd be cleared medically. The number, in reality, is much higher.
And if Dr. Brigham's report is accurate and teams buy in to what the orthopedist is preaching, there are only going to be a limited number of teams -- perhaps five or 10 -- that even have a shot at landing Jones in the first place.
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