We’re only a couple weeks from fall camp, but already, Nebraska suffered a tough loss.
The Huskers announced on Saturday that top cornerback Chris Jones underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left meniscus. His timetable for return is 4-6 months.
If that does rule Jones out for the entire 2017 season, he does have a redshirt option available. Though he doesn’t seem set on that:
All Ima say is watch me come back, I serve an on time God ain no 4 to 6 months ✌🏾💪🏾💪🏾
— Chris Jones (@C_Jon8) July 15, 2017
Jones was one of the key members of an experienced returning Nebraska secondary. The 2016 All-B1G honorable selection started all 13 games last season. He finished with three interceptions and 10 pass breakups, which was good for second on the team.
That came after Jones earned a starting spot as a true sophomore in 2015. That season, he started seven games and two interceptions, five pass breakups, two tackles for loss and one sack.
Without Jones, Nebraska still has plenty of talent in the secondary. Kieron Williams and Joshua Kalu both have five career interceptions, and figure to play even more prominent roles without Nathan Gerry and now Jones.
The news of Jones’ injury could lead to a little shuffling of Nebraska’s defensive backfield.
With Jones out, Nebraska could move Kalu back to CB & have K. Williams start at S, or keep Kalu in place and roll with Eric Lee at CB
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) July 15, 2017
Jones was scheduled to be one of three Nebraska players at B1G Media Days in Chicago next week. Junior safety Aaron Williams will take Jones’ place.