According to ESPN, Detroit Lionsreceiver Martin Jones Jr. will be getting a second opinion on his knee.
He injured his right knee during Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, and thus far has missed this entire week of practice leading to Sunday’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers. His injury was described as a bone bruise, but that both his MCL and ACL were intact.
Should he miss Sunday’s game, the Lions will likely be turning to Kenny Golladay, with T.J. Jones likely replacing Marvin Jones in the lineup.
With 35 catches for 508 yards, Jones has been one of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s main targets, and one of the few bright spots on this Lions season that has been slipping away for some time now.
Matt Patricia responds to criticism of practice in the snow
On Thursday, many were surprised that Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia made the decision to have his team practice in the snow. Most of the criticism was based on the fact the Lions next three games will be played at Ford Field and their fourth will be played in Arizona.
Today, Patricia spoke to the media and be began with a prepared statement about his decision to practice in the snow. It was pretty clear he was not thrilled with the media for their criticisms.
Via the Detroit Free Press:
“In regards to practice, a couple comments I just want to make on this topic and provide some maybe insight and let’s call it closure to this continual conversation that we have here as far as our training. First, we’ll always practice and train in a manner that looks out for our players’ ability to prepare each week for our opponent, while also taking care of and including all the parameters to the overall health and safety of our team. Indoor walk-throughs, which we had this week, which we’ve also had in the past, are always beneficial to our team, it’s beneficial to our players. It’s a great teaching and learning environment. It’s an opportunity for us to pull off them physically, the demands of practice and the overall hustle and pursuit of what we have to do during the course of a practice and our movements.”