The Northwestern Wildcats football program took a major hit monday when it was announced the oft-injured wide receiver Christian Jones underwent left knee surgery in order to repair torn cartilage. That is the same left knee that caused Jones to miss the entire 2014 campaign due to a torn ACL and the most recent knee problem could impact his senior season.
Christian Jones is expected to miss roughly four months recovering, however, repeat knee injuries often take longer to return rather than simply the normal timetable.
Realistically, Jones will miss the entire summer training camp and potentially the first game or two of the 2015 campaign.
There does, however, remain an outside chance the Jones never recovers from the surgery and is finished with Football. For Northwestern’s sake, they hope for the sooner and that Jones resumes his form as an elite Big Ten wide out.
Jones has spent two seasons as the Wildcats leading receiving with his best year coming in 2013 when caught 35 passes for 663 yards and four touchdowns.
If Christian Jones is able to return, he figures to be a major part of the Northwestern air attack and could find himself playing on Sundays in the not so distant future. Jones possesses the unique combination of size and speed standing at 6-foot-3, 225lbs making him a nearly impossible player to guard for opposing secondaries.
The Wildcats, who are coming off of a 7-5 season, need Jones to round into form if they hope to elevate themselves to contenders within the ever-difficult Big Ten conference.
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