According to WWLTV.com in Louisiana, Jones, 21, suffered multiple fractures to his left leg and shattered both his tibia and fibula, plus had arteries and nerves exposed in the crash, which occurred at approximately 6:15 a.m. Friday. Jones was taken into surgery and remained there for more than seven hours as doctors worked to save his leg.
Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger tweeted at approximately 6:50 p.m. ET that Jones had finally emerged from surgery. Jones' agent, Rocky Arceneaux, told Garafolo that the procedure had gone well.
Arceneaux also told The Times-Picayune that the surgery was a success and therefore Jones would keep his left foot. Arceneaux, however, could not provide any sort of timetable regarding Jones' rehabilitation.
"I think it's too premature to even speculate on any of that at this point, " Arceneaux said. "I know his family is absolutely ecstatic that the surgery was successful. ...
"I don't see that based on the type of athlete that Chad is that anything would prevent Chad from walking. And from running."
WWL reported earlier, via Jones' father, Alfred, that Chad was alert when paramedics transported him to the hospital.
"We're strong and we're praying," Jones' father told The Advocate. "This is the call you never want to get as a parent. I'm used to making those phone calls and now we've received one. It's heartbreaking."
WDSU.com initially said, citing a source, that Jones' injuries were "dire" and reported that amputation of his left leg was a possibility.
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Authorities told WDSU that Jones was driving his 2010 Range Rover toward Canal Street, when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a streetcar pole. Emergency responders were forced to cut Jones out of the vehicle, but two other passengers escaped serious injury.
The crash occurred on New Orleans' Carrollton Avenue around 5 a.m., WDSU.com reported. New Orleans police told the New York Daily News that Jones was charged with "careless operation of a vehicle" and that they would also look into Jones' toxicology report.
An image of Jones' car in the aftermath of the accident surfaced on tigerdroppings.com, showing the completely totaled vehicle.
"Our paramedics responded to a motor vehicle crash at Carrollton & Toulouse this morning around 6:15," New Orleans Emergency Service spokesman Jeb Tate told reporters, according to The Advocate. "Our paramedic rescue division, along with NOFD, extricated a 20-year-old male from a vehicle with a significant amount of damage. Once the patient was freed from the vehicle, our paramedics transported him to the LSU Trauma Center in guarded condition.
"We use guarded to denote a condition between critical and stable."
Jones was a third-round pick by the Giants in April's NFL Draft out of LSU. WDSU.com called Jones "perhaps one of the best athletes in the history of LSU." Jones won a national title with the Tigers' football team in 2008, then repeated the feat as a pitcher on LSU's baseball team in 2009.
LSU football coach Les Miles responded to Friday morning's incident on Twitter: "Just got news about Chad Jones' car accident. We are praying for Chad and his family. Keep him in your prayers."
Arceneaux said, though LSU: "Chad Jones was involved in a serious auto accident early this morning. The severity of Chad's injuries up to this point is unknown. At this point, we are praying for [Chad] and ask that everyone does the same."
The Giants were hoping that the athletic Jones could add some depth in the secondary, behind offseason acquisitions Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant. Jones recently signed his rookie contract, a four-year deal worth a reported $2.6 million.