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- Dec 15, 2009
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Outstanding read on Jarvis Jones and his spine issue that sheds some light on what risks there would be by taking him. There is risk there, but I dont think the risk is a high as I once thought.
Understanding Jarvis Jones' Case of Cervical Spinal Stenosis | Bleacher ReportJust as important, however, is Dr. Torg's finding that not a single patient in the study suffered permanent neurological damage. In fact, although it makes anatomical sense that it would be the case, there is no evidence to date suggesting that cervical spinal stenosis increases the risk of catastrophic injury similar to the heartbreaking story of former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.
That said, case reports of players with spinal stenosis becoming permanently paralyzed do exist. However, it is impossible to say whether or not the stenosis played a role—they may have become paralyzed with a normal spine, too.
Unfortunately, the lack of certainty over whether or not it is safe for Jarvis Jones to play football led to his transfer from USC. Conversely, that same grey area led to his medical clearance at the University of Georgia.