Byron Jones was known for large leaps before he was ever even on an NFL team, but in 2018 he made a considerable one in his first full year at cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys. He blossomed into a star and a hopeful cornerstone piece of Kris Richard’s secondary for years to come.
The contractual status of Byron is one thing. Dallas picked up his fifth-year option last offseason and will have to figure out something long-term sooner rather than later if they want to keep him around The Star, but before any of those bridges are crossed the cornerback had to overcome a different one. He underwent hip surgery recently, per ESPN’s Todd Archer.
Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones had hip surgery Wednesday, but the hope is he will be ready for the start of Dallas Cowboys training camp, according to sources.
The issue cropped up late last season and the hope was time off would alleviate the issue. With Jones still experiencing soreness, the move was made to have surgery now so it would not impact the regular season.
Byron has never missed a game through his four-year career so this doesn’t seem like something to get too worked up over. It’s never great to hear that a player has had surgery, but it seems like this was more of a clean up thing than anything.
It’s also worth noting that this issue came up late in the season. There were some who felt like Byron wasn’t playing at the same level at that point in the season, this could obviously be the reason why.
Get well soon, Byron.