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Prior to the start of Sunday's training camp practice, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell announced that WR Marvin Jones Jr. was being placed on the NFI list. One day later, Campbell spoke to the media, and he gave an update on Jones' injury. Campbell told reporters that Jones is dealing with a back issue.
Dan Campbell provides Marvin Jones Jr. injury update
On Monday, Campbell said that Jones is dealing with “a little back issue” but that the Lions are “not in any hurry” to get him back. Campbell noted that Jones' back issue is nothing major.
“He had a little back issue right before he came here,” Campbell said Monday in Allen Park. “It’s nothing major, but we knew we weren’t going to start him out at practice so we just NFI’d him. But he’s improving and we’re not in any hurry right now to try to get him back.”
What is the NFI List?
While those placed on the NFI list continue to be part of the 90-man roster, their ability to participate in training camp practice is restricted. That said, they can be moved off the list at any point before the season kickoff and return to practice right away. On the other hand, if they aren't fit to practice by the season's onset, they could be shifted to the NFI/reserve list. This means they won't occupy space in the 53-man roster and will have to sit out at least the first four games of the season.
- On Sunday, Campbell said that Jones would start on the NFI list
- On Monday, Campbell said Jones is dealing with “a little back issue”
- Campbell noted that Jones' back issue is nothing major
- Jones can be removed from the NFI list at any time, which would make him eligible to practice
Bottom Line: Good News for the Veteran
Though Campbell did not say how Jones hurt his back, he did say that it is not something the Lions are concerned about, which is obviously great news. Jones was signed during the offseason, and with Jameson Williams being suspended for the first six games of the season, the hope is that the veteran can step in and can help fill in until the youngster returns.