Despite being receiving a clear bill of health before last month's NFL Scouting Combine, former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones continues to be poked and prodded by doctors.
While was at Southern California, Jones was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. Now an independent doctor says that Jones may have never had stenosis.
Dan Pompei of National Football Post reports that an orthopedist who checked the linebacker said Jones may have only had "either had a very mild incident of spinal cord concussion or merely a stinger that has long since resolved."
The orthopedist also noted that if Jones is hurt in that area, it wouldn't be career ending. Even if it was a possibility, Jones is training to build up the strength of his neck area.
"I’m going to continue to do what I can to protect myself," Jones said at the combine. "I’ve got to be in the weight room more, to keep building up my neck, keep building up my shoulders. There are some great doctors out there. They know if I shouldn’t be playing this game, I should’ve stopped a long time ago. Because my MRIs, from the day it happened to today, it hasn’t gotten any worse. It still looks the same. So that’s good."
Jones was in an All-American in his two seasons at Georgia, and had 44 tackles for loss and 28 sacks.
As Pompei notes in his write-up, there is little chance that Jones falls out of the top 10 in the 2013 NFL Draft. Regardless, most NFL teams will still run Jones through medical evaluations instead of trusting a third-party doctor. Jones insists that teams aren't taking him off their draft boards.
"The doctor said I was fine and cleared me and the combine went fine for me," Jones told the media before an Atlanta Braves spring training game earlier this month. "I was cleared medically. Teams know my situation. Everything went great. I did everything they asked me to do. I’ll have my pro day, and then I’m going to meet with a whole lot of teams."
Georgia holds its pro day on March 21. Jones didn't work out at the combine.