According to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, it was hernia surgery that Adam Jones underwent.
It remains to be seen if we have seen the last of Adam Jones in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform.
For now, Jones is still a member of the team, and apparently, he just underwent some form of offseason surgery. He posted the news on Instagram. You can see all of his updates on the procedure on his page, but be warned, some of them contain NSFW material.
It’s unclear if this is related to the groin injury that landed him on season-ending injured reserve. He suffered the injury in Cincinnati’s Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It actually came off of an interception on Ben Roethlisberger, but as Jones injured himself during the return.
That was one of the few bright spots in what was otherwise a disastrous year for Jones, which began with his offseason arrest. That led to him serving a one-game suspension to open the year. Once he returned, the 34-year-old corner was one of the Bengals’ worst starting defenders.
At the time of his injury, Jones was ranked as Pro Football Focus’ 91st-best corner out of 115 eligible players. His grade was behind Darqueze Dennard, Keivarae Russell, Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson.
Jones was a liability in coverage more often than not, so this should be the last we see of him in Cincinnati, especially with a cap hit of over $6 million next year.
However, this surgery could have an impact on the status of Jones’ contract. Some players get language in their contract that prevents teams from cutting them while injured. Even so, the Bengals will still be able to cut Jones if they choose to at some point this year.
It’s worth noting that Jones also had a transverse fracture in his back this past season, so perhaps this surgery is related to that issue.