Jones plays hard through pain, and that is commendable, but if he isn't starting then it is a different manner. He should have come in because it is a new system and he is a defensive leader. He could have stayed out of the physical parts of practices. Now, he's only had 2 practices with the team and another long vacation until the end of July. Enough said about that.
ESPN: Cameron Wolfe wrote:
"Voluntary mean voluntary," Jones said. "So I took the time to get physically ready to play a 16-game stretch coming off a surgery in February."https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/268 ... ol-control
Jones had surgery on his partially torn right labrum, an injury he played through for much of last season. He said his shoulder rehab played a big factor in his staying away from the team this spring and that he is not 100 percent yet -- but he's close.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores was all smiles Tuesday when speaking about Jones, noting that the two-time Pro Bowl safety was in good shape, good spirits and eager to get to work.
That being said, Flores didn't assure Jones a starting job when assessing the Dolphins' safety situation last week. Jones has been a starter since 2011, his second year in the league.