There was some hope Jones could return 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 wideout finishes 2018 with 35 catches for 508 yards and five touchdowns on 62 targets in nine games. While still reasonably efficient on a per-target basis, Jones took a major step back from his 1,101-yard, nine-TD campaign the previous year. He has two seasons remaining on his five-year, $40 million contract.
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.
Jones (knee) was not a participant in Tuesday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
After missing Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Jones' status doesn't seem to be improving much after logging a pair of DNPs to open the week. He would likely need to show some progress in practice Wednesday if there's to be any chance of his return to the field for the Thanksgiving's Day matchup with the Bears on Thursday.
Jones (knee) is listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Given that he didn't come close to playing in Sunday's 20-19 win over Carolina, the veteran wideout doesn't seem especially likely to return for Thursday's game against the Bears. With top running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) also shaping up as a long shot, the Lions likely will be short on offensive weapons for the difficult matchup. Jones is recovering from a bone bruise in his knee and didn't practice at all last week.