By Craig Sager II
Walton senior running back and Alabama commitment Tyren Jones was involved in an altercation Friday after school with sophomore teammate Taquar Stewart in the Raiders’ locker room that resulted in a broken jaw for Jones. Sources within the program confirmed to Score that the jaw was broken in two places. Jones’s injury will require surgery this upcoming Monday morning.
With National Signing Day right around the corner, Georgia’s 2011 Offensive Player of the Year will be in jeopardy of missing the event, which falls just two days following his surgery. Witnesses of the event have met with the Walton administration and have stressed that Jones did not throw any punches and that Stewart struck first, which may keep Jones out of a possible suspension. The rules state that if a student is handed a suspension the student is banned from any extracurricular activities as well. If a three-day or longer suspension is administered, Jones would be held from participating.
Stewart started the majority of the 2012 season at cornerback opposite D.J. Smith and is first on the depth chart heading into 2013.
Jones had a sprained MCL in November that sidelined him for Walton’s final two games. No word on whether the injury is the upper or lower jaw, but both recoveries require a liquid diet and having the jaw wired shut to heal. The lower jaw is wired for two weeks, but the upper jaw repairs take six to eight weeks.
Jones is a member of the Walton track team, and the injury could potentially affect his season.