Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia offered a couple injury updates on Thursday before the team’s second joint practice with the Houston Texans. The good news: Damon Harrison Sr. is off the Non-Football Injury list, and T.J. Hockenson is “fine” after getting poked in the eye Wednesday.
But Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. did not make the trip out to Houston as he’s dealing with an undisclosed injury.
“He’s back in Detroit working out,” Patricia said Thursday morning. “We’re just obviously trying to be smart with him. He’s been pushing really hard, and we got a lot of good work out of him last week.”
Jones finished the 2019 season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury. He only received very light work during Organized Team Activities and minicamp, but seemed to be a full participant during the start of training camp. That being said, Jones sat the last few practices in Detroit before the team traveled to Houston, leading to some speculation that he was just getting the same veteran rest that Matthew Stafford got.
But staying in Detroit during this week of practices suggests that Jones is dealing with some sort of injury. Still, Patricia remained mum on the details. When asked if it was still the knee issue plaguing Jones, the Lions head coach dodged the question.
“We’re just taking some time off to make sure we’re being smart with it,” Patricia said.
There doesn’t appear to be much long-term concern here, though. Patricia indicated some of Jones’ current rest is to see if the team can get him ready for Week 3 of the preseason—the dress rehearsal game.
“(We) really try to utilize as much of that third week as we can, so that will be a big part of it as we take a look to next week” Patricia said.
In addition to Jones, Danny Amendola received some rest this week, and Patricia indicated the Lions were trying to take it smart with him, too, while getting the opportunity to showcase their depth at receiver.