Jones (knee) is expected to be a full participant in the Lions' offseason program, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Jones' 2018 season came to a premature close after he suffered what was initially classified as a right knee bruise during Detroit's Week 10 loss to Chicago. Since there haven't been any reports the setback required surgery, it's not a huge surprise he could be running around again in time for OTAs this spring. Jones is entering the fourth year of the five-year contract he signed with the Lions in 2016.
Jones (knee) may be considered expendable after Kenny Golladay broke out for 1,063 yards in 2018, Nate Atkins of MLive.com reports. Jones is coming off an injury-shortened season with a team that's trying to move toward a run-first offense, yet he still seems like a pretty good fit in Detroit, where he'll be entering the fourth season of a five-year, $40 million contract without much talent behind him at wide receiver. While the reasonable contract gives him some value on the trade market, it would be easier for the Lions to simply keep him around as a reliable No. 2 receiver alongside Golladay. The team seemingly expects Jones to make a full recovery during the offseason, though there hasn't been any update on the exact nature of his knee injury.
The Lions will place Jones (knee) on injured reserve, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. There was some hope Jones could return from a two-game absence to play Week 13 against the Rams, but he'll instead be ruled out for the rest of the season, leaving Bruce Ellington, TJ Jones, Andy Jones and Brandon Powell as Detroit's complementary wide receivers behind Kenny Golladay. While coach Matt Patricia declined to elaborate on the nature of Jones' injury, the team likely will provide more information at a later date. The 28-year-old finishes 2018 with 35 catches for 508 yards and five touchdowns on 62 targets across nine games. While still reasonably efficient on a per-target basis, Jones took a major step back from his 1,101-yard, nine-score campaign from 2017. He has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $40 million contract he inked in March 2016.
Jones (knee) won't play Thursday against the Bears, but he has a chance to return to action against the Rams on Dec. 2, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Jones has been dealing with a bone bruise in his knee, but it looks like the receiver's absence may be limited to two games, with his Week 13 playing prospects bolstered by the added healing time the Lions' current short week will afford him. With Jones out Thursday, look for TJ Jones and Andy Jones, along with Bruce Ellington (assuming he plays through back issue) to see added work in the Detroit passing game behind top option Kenny Golladay.
Jones (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Jones hasn't been able to practice in any capacity the past two weeks while recovering from a bone bruise in his knee. It's an unpredictable injury that could lead to missed time beyond Week 12, though a return for Week 13 against the Rams wouldn't come as a major surprise either. Kenny Golladay is a clear favorite to lead the Lions in targets during the Thanksgiving Day game, with TJ Jones, Bruce Ellington (back) and Andy Jones all providing support.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|4||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|6||10/15||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|8||10/27||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|15||12/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|17||12/29||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||91||50||846||6||37||16.92||120|