Coach Sean McDermott said Thursday that Jones had surgery on his knee last week and will be out for the remainder of the spring, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports. “Best for us to get this done now,” said McDermott.
This is concerning considering Jones recently received a clean bill of health following offseason shoulder surgery, though the coach went on to say Thursday that Jones’ status for the 2018 season shouldn’t be in jeopardy. Piling onto the knee issue, Jones had a bizarre incident that went public over the offseason and probably couldn’t work out normally until the shoulder was fully healed. He’ll also have a new quarterback and offensive coordinator this season. While there’s no one on the roster that appears likely to take his No. 2 job, there’s certainly going to be quite a bit of variance in his expected 2018 output.
Coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t discuss the nature of the injury or which knee was operated on in providing the update when the Bills closed a three-day voluntary minicamp.
Jones was Buffalo’s second-round pick out of East Carolina, and struggled to make a consistent impact in his rookie season. He finished with 27 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games, including 10 starts.
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The Bills have 12 other wide receivers on the roster including Kelvin Benjamin, Jeremy Kerley, Kaelin Clay, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater. Benjamin was injured at the end of last season. McDermott said, “He’s doing a good job, he is practicing fully and he’s off to a good start.
“He’s approached this off-season head-on, so I believe we’re headed in the right direction. There’s still work to do as we move forward here.”
It has been an eventful offseason for Jones. In March, he was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of felony vandalism after an incident at an apartment building. Jones was found “breaking glass doors and windows,” police said at the time of his arrest. Video of the incident showed him naked in a hallway, arguing with his brother, Cayleb Jones, who is a receiver with the Minnesota Vikings. Prosecutors declined to pursue charges, citing insufficient evidence.