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Jordan Jones’ shoulder injury: What it means

Following Thursday morning’s UK Football practice, Mark Stoops announced the unfortunate news that Jordan Jones will miss the remainder of the spring with a shoulder injury. Kentucky’s senior-to-be linebacker suffered the injury during Tuesday’s practice and it will require surgery. At best, he will be able to resume football activities in August after a long recovery process. It’s a damaging blow to Stoops’ defense and to Jones’ offseason training for his final season in Lexington.

With Jones out the next several months, Stoops will turn to new faces to fill Jones’ starting weakside linebacker position, a spot he’s held and dominated the past two full seasons. One of the candidates to pick up his slack is true freshman DeAndre Square, who Stoops called one of the biggest surprises of the spring.

We’ve been very pleased with Deandre,” Stoops said Thursday. “He’s been doing good. I’ve been pleased with Deandre and his progress. I always get asked the question at some point during the spring, of a guy who jumps out at you and surprises us — I’d say he would definitely be that guy. He steps in when the bullets are flying and we’re playing full tempo, and he really makes some plays. You can tell he has a lot of natural instincts and I like the way he’s playing.”

Jamar “Boogie” Watson is another option to fill the void while the linebacking corps isn’t at full strength. Stoops said of his second-year linebacker, “We’ve always felt like he’s one of our best 11, whatever position, but he’s been doing some really good things at outside backer as well… but he can definitely play Will.”

Sophomore linebacker William Nalty also earned a mention from Stoops as a fill-in for Jones this spring.

But no matter who takes most of Jones’ reps in the months ahead, it’s a substantial hit to spring and summer training. Jones won’t be able to do anything until the weeks leading up to the first game of the season, which means he’ll be pretty far behind with little time to catch up. Luckily, Jones is a veteran player and one of the SEC’s best tacklers, so he could conceivably pick right up where he left off, should his rehabilitation go well. But there’s no pretending Thursday’s injury news isn’t significant as it will have a big impact on the linebacking corps heading into 2018.

And for what it’s worth, the injury is not to the same shoulder Jones injured last season.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for Jordan Jones’ shoulder injury: What it means

  1. maximumscott
    2:49 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    I remember the last time the staff was uber impressed with a Frosh. It was Snell.

  2. BigBluSoTru
    2:55 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Exactly the reason why these young men when the opportunity to jump to the next level is guaranteed too make you some money that year you leave for said sport.

  3. KTR2786
    3:04 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Man, this really sucks. Both for Jordan and the team. Hope he recovers quickly and fully. This guy sure is fun to watch; given how he plays it’s surprising he hasn’t had other injuries I suppose

    • Luether
      4:29 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. Jones is a true SEC caliber linebacker when healthy and focused…

  4. Well crud, this makes losing Eli Brown worse.

  5. PillsburyThrowboy
    5:13 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    I hope he recovers for his own sake. Outside of that, I don’t care about him. His inability to control himself is unbelievable and I wish he was kicked off the team. I would rather have had Jones gone and Brown stay. At least Brown doesn’t try to start a fight after every play.

    • cats646
      5:28 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      Did you get offended because he got in a wittle bitty scuffle? (Baby voice) It’s football. Wake up

    • runningunnin.454
      6:29 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      Agree with cats646; I like Jordan’s aggressive demeanor, and every team needs an alpha dog. And, you don’t know what’s said on the field or what happens on the ground. And he was justified for being upset with Lamar Thomas in the UL game…blatant fraternization with the enemy.

    • Luether
      9:41 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      This is often the mentality that it takes to be an SEC caliber linebacker…

    • Miller45
      10:21 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      he has a tendency of pushing it to the point of being a detriment at times though….

    • cats646
      10:34 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      He does go too far sometimes. But it’s an emotional game, weve all been there (if you played). Playing hard leads to trash talk, trash talk leads to shoving, shoving leads to fighting. That’s just how it goes. I mean look at Grayson Allen, the kid is waayyy worse than jones when it comes to self-control and the media worships him. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with playing with intensity and being emotional. That’s what this team needs more of.

    • kjd
      7:50 am April 6, 2018 Permalink

      Being alpha dog aggressive is one thing, but when you’re being flagged at 15 yds a pop, you’re out of control. You have now become a detriment to the team.

  6. Philthy
    7:56 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Why was Jones even involved in spring practice? What does he have to prove?

  7. Miller45
    10:03 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    that’s about 50 yards in penalties a game we don’t have to worry about

    • cats646
      10:35 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      It’s Kentucky football. They’ll find a way to pentalize us.