New York Giants rookie safety Chad Jones, a former LSU standout, faces a series of surgical procedures this week after a single-car accident last week.
But for now, the ex-LSU safety is considered a member of the New York Giants, and the team has taken medical responsibility for their recently signed third-round draft pick.
"Nobody has said whether Chad will play again or not," Al Jones, Chad's father, said from New York, where Chad was transported Tuesday for treatment at the Hospital for Special Surgery, an orthopedic specialty facility. "We're not even asking that question right now."
"Things are going well. They have shown that they are taking good care of Chad while they're doing what they need to do to make sure their investment is protected."
While there is no expectation that Jones can play this year, the prognosis could lead to a settlement between him and the team.
Rocky Arceneaux, Jones' agent, did not respond to several phone messages requesting a comment on the possible contract implications, but Al Jones said the subject is off the table for now.
"Nobody's rushing anything," he said. "And we're not worried about whether or not Chad can play right now.
"The life and health of my son is my concern, not his contact. I know he's in good hands."