Former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones couldn’t be more emphatic Sunday in denying rumors that his health might be affecting his NFL Draft stock.
“That ain’t true,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of the reports, before throwing out the first pitch of the Braves’ spring training game against Detroit at Disney. “People are still talking to me. Nobody has taken me off the board. The doctor said I was fine and cleared me and the (scouting) combine went fine for me. I was cleared medically. Teams know my situation. Everything went great. I did everything they asked me to do. I’ll have my pro day (at Georgia on March 21), and then I’m going to meet with a whole lot of teams.”
Jones was diagnosed with spinal stenosis following an injury when he played at Southern Cal in 2009. The school ultimately decided against letting him continue playing football, which prompted him to his transfer to Georgia.
Jones never had an issue with his neck or spine at Georgia. But less than two weeks ago, ProFootballTalk.com reported that “Jones’ neck had prompted multiple teams to shy away from considering him, especially in round one,” attributing the information to an unnamed league source.
Trainer Tom Shaw, who is working with Jones before draft, said, “No one has taken him off the board.… Jarvis got real upset about it because he doesn’t even know why that was going on.”
49ERS: Randy Moss appeared to bid farewell to the 49ers on Saturday, tweeting: “Wished we could’ve finished the job!! Thanks for the opportunity an good luck in the future 9ers.”
Moss signed a one-year deal with San Francisco last March. He finished with 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns.
CENTRAL FLORIDA: Is working on a two-year contract extension for former Georgia Tech coach George O’Leary that would keep him under contract through the 2017 season.
Athletic director Todd Stansbury confirmed the deal is expected to be completed soon.