It appears as though any remaining obstacles to Randy Jones’ return have been removed. Jones, who had been suffering from headaches, dizziness and neck pain, said today that he has been cleared by doctors and could return at any time.
Might Terry Murray go with Jones tomorrow, over perhaps Alec Martinez? Or even Sean O’Donnell? Here’s what Murray said today about Jones’ status…
MURRAY: “I think he’s right there. He’s had a couple days of practice now. He’s got the green light to go after it. It’s just a matter of getting physically ready to play the game. It comes down to his decision, my decision.”
Here’s what Jones had to say today…
Question: Now that you’ve been cleared, is it just a matter of conditioning?
JONES: “I was off the ice for two weeks. When you take a stretch like that off, sometimes you lose a little of your conditioning. So it’s important to get back here and have some practices and get my wind back.”
Question: Are you totally without symptoms now?
JONES: “I’ve been feeling really well. The doctors and trainers are happy with where I’m at right now, with anything that I’ve done. In all the practices and bike riding I’ve done, I’ve been symptom-free, so things are looking good. Now it’s just a coach’s decision as to when I’m back in.”
Question: The timing could be good, with Drewiske just going out of the lineup…
JONES: “It’s unfortunate that he suffered an injury the other night, but I think that’s where some depth comes into play. I think we have a lot of that. It’s unfortunate for him, and hopefully he can get back soon.”