Commanders 2nd Round Pick DT Jonny Newton Undergoes Successful Surgery

The Washington Commanders' second-round draft pick undergoes successful surgery on foot and should be ready for the regular season.
Nov 6, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Jer'Zhan Newton
Nov 6, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Jer'Zhan Newton / Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Commanders didn't necessarily need help on the inside of their defensive trenches, but when their second-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft came around there wasn't a better player still on the board than Illini defensive lineman Jer'Zhan 'Johnny' Newton.

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Throughout his four-year collegiate career at Illinois, Newton compiled 187 total tackles (27.5 TFL), 18 sacks, five passes defended, two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries, and during his final season in college Newton was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a Consensus All American.

His progress into the NFL has now apparently hit a bit of a snag as it was reported that he underwent surgery on a Jones fracture in his left foot on Monday.

The surgery was deemed successful, however, and the Commanders believe that he will be ready to go prior to the start of the 2024 regular season.

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A Jones fracture is a fracture to the base of the pinky bone in the foot - an area known as a 'watershed' area that has poor blood supply and doesn't heal well. The injury is common in nature and usually heals well with surgery which involves a nail or plate/screws. Even with the healing process usually going well, the player will likely not return before 11 weeks post-surgery to avoid further injury or a refracture - putting Newton's timetable for return somewhere around the first week of August.

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Caleb is from Nashville, TN, and graduated from Florida State University in 2018 with majors in Sociology and History. He has previously written for an FSU outlet and started covering the Buccaneers in March of 2022 while co-hosting the Hear the Cannons podcast. He expanded his role with GamedayMedia by covering the Houston Texans and Washington Commanders in April of 2024. You can follow Caleb on Twitter @chsnole