TJ Jones left Saturday’s game against the New York Jets with a hamstring injury. Immediately, the Detroit Lions declared him out for the rest of the game. That was all we knew about the injury until Monday morning.
During his daily press conference, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell seemed to downplay the severity of the injury. “He’ll be alright,” Caldwell said, according to MLive.
Jim Caldwell says TJ Jones won't do much today, but he's going to be fine— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) August 21, 2017
While it doesn’t appear the injury will put his season in danger, it does look like it’ll keep him from full participation in practice. On Monday, Jones sat out of both individual and team drills.
Jones has been a pleasant surprise during training camp this year. Now in his fourth season, the Lions’ former sixth-round draft pick showed up to camp a little bigger and stronger. As a result, Jones has worked his way onto the first-team offense. In two preseason games, Jones has two catches for 33 yards.
But he’s not without competition. Rookie Kenny Golladay got some work with the ones last week in practice and played with the first string for one series during Saturday’s game against the Jets. Golladay didn’t see any passes thrown his way from Matthew Stafford in the second preseason game, but it still appears he is trending towards taking that starting job.
We’ll continue to monitor Jones’ progress throughout the week, but for now, it looks like the Lions avoided another serious injury.