Bengals cornerback Adam Jones at one point was the post child for character issues, quickly developing a reputation as a high-risk player due to the nature of the bad choices he's made. While that development is continuing towards maturity, his desire for growth took a step in the wrong direction over the offseason after he was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during his wife's birthday.
Jones, who missed the first six weeks of the 2011 regular season rehabilitating a neck injury, returned on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and returned a punt 63 yards that setup a touchdown early in the game, but suffered a hamstring injury during his anticipated return. Jones is still scheduled for trial on November 17 at Hamilton county Municipal Court after entering a plea of not guilty in mid-July. Jones spent several minutes with the Tennessean talking about his time with the Titans, who drafted him sixth overall during the 2005 NFL Draft, and "new approach to life."
During his time in Tennessee:
"It would have never worked for me in Tennessee," Jones said. "I was 21 or 22, and I didn’t understand what I understand now. I was out every night enjoying myself. I wasn’t really focusing on football. I had a lot of distractions. I take responsibly for everything that went on back then, and have learned from it.
"Yeah, I did (mess) things up off the field. I blame myself for that. But I will say when times got hard, (the Titans) weren't there for me. But I ain't holding no grudges, man. Life is too short for grudges. I don’t have time for all of that."
Jones went into details about his career in Tennessee, blaming Titans owner Bud Adams for turning his back on Jones.
It's currently unknown how significant Jones' hamstring injury is and whether or not he'll be able to suit up against his former team.