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Detroit Lions release Andy Jones from IR

Andy Jones is no longer with the Lions... but he could be back.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions announced a minor move Tuesday afternoon that could be significant down the line. Wide receiver Andy Jones has been released from their reserve/injured list.

Jones was waived in the final round of cuts this weekend with an injury designation. After clearing waivers on Sunday, he reverted to the team’s IR.

In order to release a player from injured reserve, the team and the player must come to an injury settlement—a payout for the predicted amount of time the player would miss due to an injury. It’s unclear what kind of injury Jones suffered or how significant it is, but he missed the preseason finale and a couple of practices in the lead up to that game.

By releasing Jones from IR, they also open up the possibility of bringing him back sometime this year. According to NFL rules, Jones is eligible to sign anywhere he pleases now. However, the Lions can sign him back to the 53-man roster three weeks after the length of his injury settlement. For example, if they came to an agreement that Jones’ injury would sideline him for four weeks, the Lions could bring him back in seven weeks.

Detroit used this exact strategy with Zach Zenner last year and Josh Bynes in 2016.

In 2018, Jones caught 11 passes for 80 yards and a score in eight game appearances and three starts.