Injured Jet Jones not likely to get Bo's hip condition

November 18, 1993|By Newsday

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Early tests on Marvin Jones' fractured hip showed that the New York Jets' rookie linebacker is on course to return at 100 percent in 1994, team orthopedist Elliott Hershman said yesterday in a statement released by the club.

"All things are very positive, and we're hoping that things continue along this course, which would mean that he could make an uneventful recovery for next season," Hershman said.

Jones underwent a bone scan Tuesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, which revealed no sign of avascular necrosis, Hershman said. Avascular necrosis, the dying of a bone because of lack of blood circulation, is the condition that ended Bo Jackson's football career.

Jones' bone scan "showed that, during this early period, the circulation to his femoral head appears intact, which is a very good sign," Hershman said. "We believe that if the fracture heals, which is expected, and he does not develop any problems with the circulation to the femoral head, he could play at his former level."

Jones, who was admitted to the hospital Monday, may be released by the end of the week. He will be on crutches for about six weeks. The Jets' first-round draft pick suffered a chip fracture of the socket portion of his left hip in Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Coach Bruce Coslet, who spoke with Jones by telephone, said the rookie is handling it well.

"Marvin kind of takes things as they come, and doesn't worry about things he can't control," Coslet said. "I don't know if it has sunk in yet, because he's so young, but he seems to be in good spirits.

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