INDIANAPOLIS—Redskins running back Matt Jones underwent surgery on his ailing hip after the season, Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday.
Jones, Washington's third round pick in 2015, missed four games as a rookie—one because of a toe injury and the season’s final three games, including the Wild Card loss to the Packers, with a hip/abdominal injury.
Gruden did not specify the type of procedure Jones had done, but he indicated that it was minor in nature.
“He’s recovering,” Gruden said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He had an issue with his groin [and] hip area. He got it fixed and he should be good to go by OTAs. It was a very minor thing.”
Jones had an uneven first pro season. He rushed for 490 yards and three touchdowns on 144 carries (3.4 yards per), and hauled in 19 passes for 304 yards and a score. But the Florida product also fumbled five times, losing four of them.
Gruden said he still has high hopes for Jones, but added that the team has not settled on a No. 1 running back for 2016—yet.
“We drafted him with that intent, eventually for him to be a lead dog guy,” Gruden said. “He’s a big physical runner. Obviously, we have Alfred [Morris, who] is a free agent. …We need someone to step up in that role, and we’re hoping it is Matt.”