In Thursday’s paper you’ll read that Maranatha senior Josh Jones’ status remains uncertain for Friday’s Mid-Valley Division quarterfinal game at San Dimas, but the latest update sent moments ago in an e-mail from Minutemen coach Joel Murphy doesn’t look good.
“Looks like there is a possible tear in JJ’s ACL which could require surgery,” he wrote. “It’s a huge loss for us but we have to focus on his hearling and preparing for Friday’s game.”
Jones (806 yards, 12 touchdowns) underwent an MRI on Monday for a knee injury suffered in last week’s win over La Puente.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Jones’ status was uncertain. The senior appears to be walking with no pain or with the help of crutches. He can jog and bend the knee because there’s no swelling and good movement.
“The doctors are kind of baffled because the knee is soft, but they can’t get a clear read of it,” said Murphy early Wednesday. “And because JJ still wants to play after this (San Diego State or Northern Arizona) we’re taking the necessary precaution. If this was his last hoorah he’d play, but right now we don’t know.”
If Jones is gone for the season, that’s a huge huge loss for Maranatha. But JJ’s hopes is to continue playing at the next level, and, as tough as it is, it’s in his best interest to recover from injury if in fact he’s torn an ACL and requires season-ending surgery.