Jones (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Jones didn't practice at all this week and is scheduled to get a second opinion on what was initially reported to be a bone bruise. He may be dealing with a more serious injury, though an MRI ruled out damage to his ACL or MCL. The Lions are left without much help behind Kenny Golladay at wide receiver, with Theo Riddick potentially playing more slot while TJ Jones fills in for Marvin Jones outside. The team might also find some snaps for Bruce Ellington and/or Brandon Powell. It's an ideal situation for Golladay to soak up targets, though he may struggle for efficiency with the Carolina defense having little else to worry about.
Jones is scheduled to receive a second opinion on the knee injury he suffered in the second half of Sunday's 34-22 loss to the Bears, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
The Lions haven't commented on the specifics surrounding Jones' injury, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Tuesday that the wideout was being viewed as day-to-day after sustaining a bone bruise in his knee rather than any damage to his ACL or MCL. While Schefter's report suggests Jones isn't at risk of a long-term absence, the 28-year-old may be presently dealing with some significant pain. He failed to practice in any capacity Wednesday and Thursday and wasn't spotted on the field on the media-access portion of Friday's session, suggesting he'll likely carry a designation into the Week 11 tilt with the Panthers if he's not ruled out entirely. The Lions will provide another update on Jones' situation when the team releases its final injury report of the week later Friday.
Absent from the practice field for a third straight day, Jones doesn't seem likely to play in Sunday's game against the Panthers. Another update on Jones will come within the next few hours when the Lions release their final Week 11 injury report.
The bone bruise Jones suffered in Sunday's 34-22 loss to the Bears remains a concern heading into a Week 11 matchup with the Panthers, as the injury has sidelined him for back-to-back practices. The Lions will see if Jones is able to take the field in some capacity during their final session of the week Friday, but the wideout appears destined to carry an injury designation into Sunday's contest. The release of the Lions' final injury report will clarify whether Jones is listed as questionable, doubtful or out for the game. Kenny Golladay would likely take on an even heavier target share than normal if Jones is forced to miss his first game of the season.
Jones tried to return to Sunday's 34-22 loss to the Bears after suffering a bone bruise in the third quarter, but he ultimately wasn't able to play through the injury and had to sit out late in the game. While fortunate to avoid ligament damage, the 28-year-old wideout is no lock to be ready in time for the Lions' Week 11 game against the Panthers. Detroit may have little choice but to pepper Kenny Golladay with targets.
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