NFL Network’s Charley Casserly is reporting that Alabama WR, Julio Jones performed at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine with an fractured foot. The injury is similar to the one Michael Crabtree suffered in 2009. The injury requires surgery and he will have a screw inserted. Casserly also reported that Jones should be 100% by the start of the season.
This news is disappointing, but highly impressive at the same time. Jones managed to run a 4.39 forty, vertically jump 38.5 inches, and broad jump 11.3 feet with an serious injury to his lower extremities. That is simply amazing. One can only imagine what the numbers would have been if he was completely healthy. People have often underestimated Jones explosion, but this should solidify just how explosive he is. His draft stock shouldn’t be harmed by this news. He won’t be able to partake in Alabama’s Pro-Day, which isn’t a big deal. He proved his toughness and athleticism at the Combine. Now all that is left for him is two months of team interviews and rehab.