What is the recovery time for an MCL sprain after Aaron Jones injury?

Jake Nichol November 15, 2021
What is the recovery time for an MCL sprain after Aaron Jones injury?
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Green Bay Packers star Aaron Jones was forced to limp out of the game against the Seattle Seahawks with an MCL sprain – but what is the expected recovery time for it in the NFL? How long could Jones be out?

In the third-quarter of the game at Lambeau Field, Jones was tackled by multiple Seahawks players.

It was a six-yard rush, with running back Jones going immediately down clutching his knee for the home side.

He did not return to the field after seeking medical treatment, with a MCL sprain in his right knee diagnosed.

Jones has gone for tests to determine the severity of the injury, but how long could he be out of NFL action for, and what exactly is an MCL sprain?

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MCL sprain explained

MCL stands for Medial Collateral Ligament, and it is located on the inner side of the human knee.

Such injuries as the one to Jones are not that uncommon for NFL players – with heavy impacts a leading cause of a sprain to the ligament.

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Breaststroke swimmers are also at risk of suffering MCL injuries due to the technique required.

What is the recovery time for Jones from MCL sprain in NFL?

Jones’s recovery time from his MCL sprain depends on its severity.

This should become clearer after his scan, but there are three types of MCL sprain, all with different recovery times.

In the best case scenario, Jones has suffered a grade 1 injury.

This would keep him out for about a week.

A grade 2 sprain is worth about one month on the sidelines, while a grade 3 injury would be very bad news.

Grade 3 MCL sprains usually take about two months to heal properly.

If Jones has suffered a grade 3 sprain, it is likely he will be out of action in the NFL until the new year.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.