Report: Jones retired when blood pressure spiked

Report: Jones retired when blood pressure spiked
August 8, 2013, 4:00 pm
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By Pat O'Rourke

Donald Jones announced his retirement from the NFL Wednesday at the age of 25 for what he considered to be recent advancements in the kidney disease the wide receiver had been dealing with his whole life.

Mike Garafolo of went deeper into those advancements, reporting that what prompted Jones to retire came during a workout with the Indianapolis Colts, when his blood pressure skyrocketed upwards of 250-over-110 while doing a stress test on a treadmill. This came in the wake of being told by doctors that he would eventually need a kidney transplant.

Jones, who suffers from IgA nephropathy, played three NFL seasons, all with the Buffalo Bills. He played 35 games, starting 22, catching 82 passes for 887 yards and six touchdowns. The Patriots signed Jones on March 15, but released him on July 19.