Not only were the Detroit Lions big losers this weekend after a lackluster performance against the Chicago Bears, but several players incurred injuries that left the team quite shorthanded at the end of the game.
One of the most notable injuries was to wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., who came up gimpy after a fourth quarter catch. The team announced he was questionable to return with a knee injury, but he did not make it back on the field.
There is good news, however, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Jones did not suffer an MCL or ACL tear. In fact, he just has a bone bruise and is considered day-to-day.
Tests showed that Lions’ WR Marvin Jones’ ACL and MCL are intact, but he did sustain a bone bruise and will be considered day to day, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2018
Kenny Golladay also appeared to be a little beat up on Sunday but did not leave the game.
The Lions entered the year with one of the most talented trios of receivers in football: Jones, Golladay and Golden Tate. But the offense has been struggling all season, and Detroit looks even more lost after the team traded away Tate a couple weeks back.
It’s unclear if Jones will be available for this week’s game against the Carolina Panthers, but if he cannot go, the Lions did just sign Bruce Ellington last week, giving Detroit some depth options. Ellington was a healthy scratch on Sunday, and although he’s more of a slot receiver option, he has more experience than some of Detroit’s other depth options (Brandon Powell).