It’s been nearly two weeks since the Detroit Lions 2017 season came to an end, and most players are away from the facility rejoining the world and their respective families. However, Lions receiver TJ Jones apparently kicked off his offseason with a medical procedure.
Wednesday afternoon, a video of him recovering at the hospital emerged was posted to his Instagram account:
It appears T.J. Jones underwent some sort of medical procedure today.— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) January 10, 2018
Jones suffered a shoulder injury in Week 15 that landed him on IR. pic.twitter.com/3UxsiIFfwu
Jones would later confirm a few hours later on Twitter that he, indeed had surgery on Wednesday:
Surgery went great today. Thank you for the well wishes and love. Positive vibes and a mindset to attack my rehab are going to be key in coming back ASAP! I promise you I’ll be back ahead of schedule!— TJ Jones (@IamTJ_Jones) January 10, 2018
Though there’s no confirmation yet, the surgery likely has to do with the shoulder injury he suffered that ended his season in Week 15 against the Chicago Bears. He was injured attempting to cover a punt as one of the Lions’ gunners.
This is an important offseason for the young Lions receiver. Jones proved a lot of doubters wrong in 2017, not only winning a roster spot over some of Detroit’s more popular options—like Keshawn Martin or Jace Billingsley—but actually produced results. Jones finished the season with 30 catches for 399 yards and a score. The Lions haven’t seen that kind of production from a No. 4 receiver since 2012 when Ryan Broyles hauled in 22 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones is a restricted free agent in 2018 and the Lions will face a tough decision on what tender—if any—to throw his way. Obviously, his response from the surgery will play a big part in that, so we wish him a speedy recovery.