Eliot Shorr-Parks | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones is in Philadelphia, has reportedly signed his rookie contract and is preparing for the team's upcoming rookie minicamp which starts on Friday.

This minicamp could be the first step in Jones returning to the field in 2017.

According to a report from Huffington Sports columnist Jordan Schultz, who reported Jones signed his rookie deal, Jones rehab from a torn left Achilles is going well and he is expected to be back "on the field" in October.

Now, there is a chance Schultz means the practice field, but he presumably means the field at Lincoln Financial Field in a regular season game.

Jones playing this season is not something the Eagles have ruled out, but it has always seemed like a long shot.

Jones would be roughly seven months removed from his Achilles injury if he played in October, depending on which game he played in that month. The recovery time for the injury is projected to be around eight months.

Even if Jones is healthy, playing him after the midway point of the team's season might not be a great idea considering he is a rookie and will be thrown into the fire of a potential playoff run.

Of course, the Eagles could certainly use a healthy Jones on the field.

Jones is arguably the most talented cornerback on their roster. Had he not torn his Achilles, Jones would have likely been a first-round pick and could have gone No. 14 overall to the Eagles instead of No. 43 overall to them in the second round. The Eagles' depth chart at cornerback is among the worst in the league at the position.

Jones has never backed down from the idea that he will play in the 2017 season.

Perhaps he will end up being right.

Can't wait til he plays again. they stole him.