Maybe Sidney Jones will play this season, maybe he won't.
But he most likely won't show his full potential until the 2018 season.
The Eagles' second-round pick tore his Achilles during his pro-day workout in March, and the team hasn't disclosed a timetable for the cornerback's return.
"We anticipate a full recovery," personnel head Howie Roseman said during the draft last weekend. "We don't know the timetable, but we believe he can be an impact player for us when we do get him on the field."
Dr. Mark Schwartz, the co-medical director at Virtua Medicine, agrees. It wouldn't be prudent to cite a specific timetable. But Jones should be an impact player. The Eagles may have to wait until 2018 for him to make his biggest impact.
"I think the prognosis for Sidney is very good," Schwartz said Monday on CSN's Philly Sports Talk. "Initially they talked about him coming in four to six months. I think that's overly optimistic, but I think it's possible to see some of his play maybe in the second half of the season.
"There's been some good NFL studies looking at these injuries. The average return to play is 11 months, plus or minus four months on either side. I think part of it depends on when they got hurt in the course of the season.
"Another good study shows that even with the players that returned after Achilles tendon tears, it took almost the second season to see them get back to their full, pre-injury state. Even if he gets back for some portion of this season, he probably won't be fully recovered in terms of his potential of play until season No. 2."
Eagles tackle Jason Peters tore his Achilles in 2012, and at the time Schwartz said two-thirds of NFL players returned from such injuries. Now Schwartz says studies show those chances have increased to 75 percent.
"So we've come a long way in rehabilitation and recovery," he said. "But I think it may take two seasons to see the full potential. The good news is that he's only 20 years old, and he has no NFL seasons under his belt, so his chances of returning to his former self are extremely good."
As for now, just take solace in this tweet from Jones on Tuesday:
🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/dU6HfhLoWh— Sidney Jones IV (@SidneyJonesIV) May 2, 2017