LINCOLN — Nebraska coach Mike Riley announced Saturday that top Husker cornerback Chris Jones had knee surgery to repair his left meniscus.
The typical recovery time for the injury, according to the press release from NU’s athletic department, is four to six months. Jones, who was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch listFriday, was scheduled to represent Nebraska at Big Ten media days. He’ll be replaced at the July 24 and 25 event in Chicago by junior safety Aaron Williams.
On Twitter, Jones indicated he intends to come back sooner than the four- to six-month time frame: “All Ima say is watch me come back, I serve an on time God ain no 4 to 6 months.”
Even the most optimistic recovery timetable — three months — still means Jones will miss half the season. At four months, Jones would miss all but the Penn State and Iowa games in the regular season.
Jones, a member of the 2014 recruiting class, played as a true freshman, so he has his redshirt year remaining. As a junior in 2016, Jones had three interceptions — including a pick-six vs. Indiana — en route to honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
The Jacksonville, Florida, native earned praise from new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco this summer.
“Right now, to me, he’s laser-beam, locked in,” Diaco said in late June. “He’s focused on what he wants to do, what he wants to get done, what he wants for this defense and what he wants for this team, and he’s attacking that — in a real way each day. It’s not pretend.”
Jones’ backup at field corner — the wide side of the field — is sophomore Eric Lee.