The MRI on the left knee of Fresno State cornerback L.J. Jones revealed a sprained ligament, but the injury is not expected to end his season and the senior with 33 career starts said on Tuesday that he will do everything he can to make sure that it is not.
"I'm getting in as much (rehab) in as I can right now," said Jones, who went down in the first quarter of the Bulldogs' overtime victory at San Diego State. "I'm in there all day every day since I've been hurt and I'm just trying to make sure I'm doing the little things therefore I can come back.
"I'm straightening my knee, bending it, getting ice and stim, getting in the cold tub. We're trying to work the mobility back into my knee. I'm just trying to get back for my team."
In practice on Tuesday, Jones, like cornerback Sean Alston, went about working with the younger players in the position group to make sure they are ready to compete.
Redshirt freshman Jamal Ellis replaced Jones after the injury, and he was taking first-team reps on the corner opposite JC transfer Curtis Riley. Third-year sophomore Dillon Root and sophomore Shannon Edwards are the No. 2s at the corner positions going into a Mountain West Conference game against Nevada on Saturday at what is a sold-out Bulldog Stadium.
"Since I'm out right now, I can go out there and I can coach up Jamal and Curtis and Shannon and all the younger guys and make sure they're all doing the right things so we can continue to win," Jones said.
Fresno State plays at Wyoming after its game against Nevada, then has a bye week before playing New Mexico. There is a chance Jones will be back for the regular-season finale at San Jose State, or conference championship game or bowl game they are hoping will follow.
That, Jones said, is a lot better than he feared when he was prone on the field at Qualcomm Stadium.
"A lot better," he said. "I was nervous. I was scared. Shoot, I thought I tore everything in my knee. The way I landed ... I'm thankful to God it's only minor right now."