The Lions announced Wednesday afternoon that wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. and running back Kerryon Johnson will miss the Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears.
Jones suffered his injury against the Bears two weeks ago and did not play last week against the Panthers. It’s unclear how close Jones is to returning, but he hasn’t practiced since suffering that injury.
As for Johnson, the good news is that he avoided an ACL tear or surgery. However, reports suggest he’s week-to-week, meaning this may not be the only game he ends up missing.
With those two offensive weapons gone, expect the Lions to rely upon new additions against the Bears. A couple weeks ago, Detroit signed slot receiver Bruce Ellington, who made his Lions debut last week. At running back, the Lions re-signed Zach Zenner prior to last week’s game. He could very well pick up a handful of carries on Thursday given LeGarrette Blount’s recent struggles.
In addition to those two players, the Lions have seven players listed as questionable for Thanksgiving. You probably don’t have to worry about Ezekiel Ansah, Damon Harrison or Darius Slay, who all played last week with the same injuries. However, it’s still a question as to whether A’Shawn Robinson and Michael Roberts will return after missing last week, and Bruce Ellington’s status remains unclear.
Here’s the full injury report:
RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) - OUT
WR Marvin Jones Jr. (knee) - OUT
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) - Questionable
WR Bruce Ellington (back) - Questionable
DT Damon Harrison Sr. (shoulder) - Questionable
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck) - Questionable
TE Michael Roberts (shoulder) - Questionable
DT A’Shawn Robinson (ankle) - Questionable
CB Darius Slay (knee) - Questionable