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Injury Update: Jermaine Jones and Marlon Hairston

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I’ve got good news! And the truth about Jones’ injury.

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First, the good news right from the player’s mouth - Marlon Hairston is ready to come back.

There’s more good news.

Jermaine Jones continues to make progress. We knew that he was finally practicing with the team for the last couple weeks, but a recent interview in the Denver Post confirms that Jones “hopes to get ‘some minutes’ in Sunday’s regular season finale against Houston at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with full availability a week later for the Rapids first playoff game.”

So that’s exciting, right? It seems that Jermaine Jones will finally be back in action, and just in time for the playoffs.

But that’s not all. There’s a very good chance that I’m overreacting here, so I’ll start with this quote, also from the Denver Post article:

“This is why it took so long,” Jones said. “We were trying to keep it (quiet). But it was a bad injury and I was lucky. The doctor told me if it was ripped from the bone (completely) I would be out 6-8 months. It’s 14 weeks I think.”

His sprained knee turn into something very serious—his LCL (lateral collateral ligament) was almost ripped off the bone.

Now tell me, Burgundy faithful, am I the only one who is a little surprised annoyed about this revelation? Considering that back in mid-August, he told reporters that “it will maybe be another one or two weeks”, I have to wonder—was it still just a sprain then, or did he full well know that he tore his LCL?

I think we all knew that something more serious was going on, but come on. It makes me wonder—did JJ want to keep this a secret? Did the Colorado Rapids want to keep this a secret as a strategy to keep other teams wondering if JJ would be back? Or was it a strategy to slowly drive the fanbase crazy wondering will he/won’t he?

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.