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2021 Rushing

STATS ATT YDS AVG TD LNG
Regular Season 5 47 9.4 2 28

Top Jermar Jefferson News

  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Cleared to suit up Thursday

    Jefferson (ankle/knee) is active for Thursday's game against the Bears.

    After sitting out the Lions' Week 11 loss to the Browns on account of the two lower-body injuries, Jefferson was listed as a limited participant on each of the team's three practice reports issued Monday through Wednesday. That was enough for him to take a questionable designation into the Thanksgiving Day matchup and ultimately gain clearance ahead of the 12:30 p.m. ET kickoff. In his last appearance Week 10 in Pittsburgh, Jefferson carried three times for 41 yards and a touchdown before departing with the injury, but he could be at risk of falling out of the offensive game plan entirely. No. 2 back Jamaal Williams was sidelined against Pittsburgh due to injury, but he returned to action last week and should rank as the preferred option for complementary duties behind starter D'Andre Swift.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Uncertain for Thursday

    Jefferson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Chicago.

    The Lions listed Jefferson as a limited practice participant Monday through Wednesday, after he sat out Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Browns. With both D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams healthy, Jefferson will only be the No. 3 back even if he plays, with no guarantee of snaps or touches on offense.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Limited in practice

    Jefferson (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Tuesday.

    Jefferson also logged a limited practice Monday, after missing Sunday against the Browns. If Jefferson is unable to play Thursday against the Bears, Godwin Igwebuike will likely fill in as the third running back on the Lions' depth chart.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Listed as limited participant

    Jefferson (ankle/knee) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimation.

    Jefferson missed Sunday's loss to the Browns with ankle and knee injuries and has a short week to recover ahead of Thursday's matchup against the Bears. If he's unable to return against Chicago, Godwin Igwebuike would serve as the Lions' No. 3 running back.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Won't play Sunday

    Jefferson (ankle/knee) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Browns, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    For the first time this season, Jefferson will miss a game due to injury after he hurt his left ankle and also dinged his knee in last week's 16-16 tie with the Steelers. Though he typically serves as the Lions' No. 3 back when the team is at full strength, Jefferson's absence could loom larger this week if Jamaal Williams (thigh) -- who is listed as questionable -- ends up missing a third straight game. If Williams joins Jefferson on the inactive list, Godwin Igwebuike would serve as starter D'Andre Swift's top backup.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Still not spotted at practice

    Jefferson (ankle) didn't take part in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Jefferson remains bothered by the ankle injury he suffered while scoring his bittersweet first NFL touchdown last week against the Steelers. At this point, it would be surprising if Jefferson's able to heal up in time to dress against the Browns on Sunday, though his designation on Friday's injury report will provide a clearer picture of his health.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Not practicing

    Jefferson (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Jefferson's absence to begin Week 11 prep was expected after he scored his first NFL touchdown and then suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's 16-16 tie with Pittsburgh. While Jefferson likely will miss this weekend's game in Cleveland, the Lions at least got Jamaal Williams (thigh) back on the practice field Wednesday, suggesting that D'Andre Swift's top backup is trending in the right direction after a two-game absence.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Could miss time

    Coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Jefferson (ankle) could miss time due to his injury, Benjamin Raven of MLive.com reports.

    Jefferson had to be carted off the field in the first half of Sunday's game against Pittsburgh after he sustained his injury. While Campbell indicated that the running back's injury isn't as serious as the team initially believed, he still could be forced to miss time. If Jefferson and Jamaal Williams (thigh) are sidelined Sunday against Cleveland, Godwin Igwebuike likely will operate as the No. 2 running back behind D'Andre Swift.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Hurts ankle Sunday

    Jefferson injured his ankle during Sunday's game at Pittsburgh.

    Jefferson was off to a nice start before his departure in the first half, taking three carries for 41 yards and one touchdown. After the 28-yard score, though, Lions trainers checked out his left ankle, and the rookie seventh-rounder needed a cart to get off the field, per Chris Burke of The Athletic. A declaration of questionable to return was announced not long afterward, so the Lions will operate with D'Andre Swift and Godwin Igwebuike out of the backfield as long as Jefferson is sidelined with Jamaal Williams (thigh) out for a second consecutive contest.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Scores in professional debut

    Jefferson rushed twice for six yards and one touchdown while catching four of four targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 44-6 loss to the Eagles.

    Making his professional debut with Jamaal Williams (groin) sidelined, Jefferson ultimately shared the No. 2 role with Godwin Igwebuike as D'Andre Swift commanded the vast majority of snaps out of the backfield. While Jefferson was at least able to find the end zone on the last drive of the game, Detroit was down 44 points at that point while David Blough was in at QB. With Williams getting a chance to recover over the Lions' Week 9 bye, it's possible Jefferson could return to being a healthy scratch in Week 10 against Pittsburgh.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Likely No. 2 back Sunday

    Jefferson is expected to serve as the top backup to D'Andre Swift in Sunday's game against the Eagles with No. 2 running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) inactive for the contest, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

    Beyond Swift and Williams, none of the Lions' other running backs have played an offensive snap this season, as Jefferson (nine) and Godwin Igwebuike (116) have seen all their reps on special teams to date. Jefferson shouldn't be expected to handle Williams' typical snap share -- which has ranged between 29 and 39 percent in all but one of the Lions' seven games -- but the seventh-round rookie out of Oregon State looks like he'll at least be the next man up when Swift requires a breather.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Pro debut to wait

    Jefferson (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's contest at Green Bay.

    For the second consecutive week to start his career, the 2021 seventh-round pick will be a healthy scratch. As a result, Godwin Igwebuike will handle a special teams role and act as the third running back in the event one of D'Andre Swift (groin) or Jamaal Williams (chest) needs a breather.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Odd man out Week 1

    Jefferson (coach's decision) is inactive for the Lions' season opener Sunday versus the 49ers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    The rookie seventh-round pick will have to wait at least one week to make his NFL debut after the Lions elected to keep D'Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams and Godwin Igwebuike as their active running backs for Week 1. While Jefferson is more likely than Igwebuike to see snaps and touches on offense if one of Swift or Williams misses time this season, Igwebuike -- who contributes on special teams -- may end up dressing more frequently than Jefferson when all four backs are available.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Leading rusher Friday

    Jefferson gained 43 yards on 11 carries while catching his only target for five yards in Friday's preseason loss to the Colts.

    Getting the start for the Lions in their final tuneup before Week 1, Jefferson led the team in rushing yards and rushing attempts. D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams remain locked into the top two spots on the depth chart, but if Swift sees a limited workload in the opener against San Francisco, Jefferson could see enough touches to have some value in deep fantasy formats.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Shows well in limited action

    Jefferson rushed three times for 22 yards during Saturday's preseason game against Pittsburgh.

    Getting the start with D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams in street clothes, Jefferson showed a little more wiggle than he did in the team's exhibition opener last week against Buffalo. However, as the rookie seems locked into Detroit's No. 3 job at running back, it is likely that Jefferson's preseason snaps may be over. If so, look for Dedrick Mills, Godwin Igwebuike and Craig Reynolds to carry the load in the finale next Friday against Indianapolis.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Suits up for preseason opener

    Jefferson (ankle) rushed four times for seven yards and caught his lone target for one yard in Friday's 16-15 preseason loss to the Bills.

    Jefferson didn't find much running room, but at least the rookie seventh-round pick was able to suit up after recently battling an ankle injury. Jamaal Williams got the start with D'Andre Swift (groin) out but managed only 15 yards on nine carries, and Detroit's most effective running back was Craig Reynolds in the fourth quarter. Now healthy, Jefferson should see an expanded role in Week 2 of preseason action against Pittsburgh.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Nursing ankle injury

    Jefferson will miss some practice time due to an ankle injury, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

    Coach Dan Campbell said the Lions "do not think it's serious" with regard to Jefferson's injury, adding that "it doesn't look like it's a high ankle [sprain]." That said, it's looking like the rookie seventh-round pick's availability for Friday's preseason game against the Bills could be in danger. If Jefferson can't go Friday, or is limited, all of Dedrick Mills, Michael Warren and Godwin Igwebuike will be candidates to see increased work.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Exits practice with leg injury

    Jefferson left Monday's practice due to a leg injury, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

    Jefferson had a strong start to camp and was expected to have a large role in Friday's preseason opener against the Bills as he competes for the No. 3 running back role ahead of Week 1. The severity of the rookie's injury isn't yet known, but Dedrick Mills, Michael Warren and Godwin Igwebuike could see increased work if Jefferson is limited or held out Friday.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Making strong case for job

    Jefferson is off to a great start to training camp, strengthening his case for the third spot on the depth chart, according to Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke of The Athletic.

    Jefferson finished the second week of training camp in the driver's seat for the No. 3 role, ahead of Dedrick Mills, Michael Warren and Godwin Igwebuike. With lead back D'Andre Swift (groin) absent from Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, Jamaal Williams worked with the first-team offense while Jefferson repped with the second-stringers, per Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. The rookie seventh-round pick figures to make his NFL debut Friday night in Detroit's preseason opener against Buffalo.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 212 lbs
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Age: 21