BREAKING NEWS: Maranatha’s Josh Jones has “possible tear in ACL, which could require surgery.”

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.

  • Bob Anon

    I hope he heals up to be 100% again.

  • don’t risk it

    Don’t play kid if its torn. Its not worth it. He will have plenty of football ahead of him!

  • Colt74

    Live to fight another day. The risk far outweighs the reward. Heal up and support your team from the sidelines. You helped your team get to where they are at..let them help you now.

  • Anonymous

    i love jj and all, but being “close” to the program i can tell you that there are 3 other more than serviceable receivers who have not gotten much time during the year who can step into a starting role with jebbia, major, and straker picking up what was lost with jones. obviously the height, length, and leaping advantages he gave are going to be missed on the outside, but as you go down the depth chart you just see speed, quickness, speed, and more quickness.

  • Anonymous

    Parents step up and watch out for the long term . Coaches think about the kids future and not just a game or playoffs .

  • Anonymous

    Parents step up and watch out for the long term . Coaches think about the kids future and not just a game or playoffs .

  • Read

    Hey Anon, Murphy said WE are taking the precautions needed. Murphy would love to have him there but will not let him, even if JJ said “please” – Murphy would not do it.

    There are great receivers in the stall and they will be used. Good luck MHS!

  • Anonymous

    Step it up and play dude. Pain is temporary memories are for life!

  • Grim Reaper

    Chances are if the tear was last week, absent shooting his knee up with pain killers, he would not be effective.

    If he plays and is effective, and the tear was truly suffered last week, you need to think he may have gotten a shot or two. Old school style.

    The real question is, what would be the downside. The announcement is that he will need surgery no matter the situation, so what would be the downside. They would need to replace the tendon, partially torn or fully torn and blown out.

    So if he plays and tears it completely, will there be more other collateral damage to the knee? If so-don’t play! If not, then go ahead and play, you will need surgery anyway, if football is a future pursuit.

  • Goldenarm

    The real issue and recipe for winning this game is preparation, and just about nobody prepares for an opponent like Murphy and his staff do.

    It would be a tremendous victory – but the odds are stacked against the Minutemen just about wherever you look. The win will come only at the defensive effort of the year. Good luck Maranatha!

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