Lions Frown as Jones Goes Down

by Richard Garcia on December 24, 2007 @ 10:41:04 PDT


To “Haf” or “Haf” not, That is the question

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Jones (knee) tore the ACL in his right knee during Week 16 and will not play in Week 17. Doctors will wait for the swelling to subside before deciding whether or not the Lions back will require surgery.

Last week's injury puts a damper on what otherwise was an impressive season for Jones, considering he got on the field sooner than some had expected. After suffering a "full blown" Lisfranc fracture, an injury that consists of a tearing of the tissues that connect the bones in the middle of the foot, Jones had successful surgery on his left foot. With speculation that he could miss up to a year due to the severity of the injury, Jones was able to avoid being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list prior to this season and saw his first game action in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the 13 games that Jones played, he managed to total 581 rushing yards, while setting a career-high with eight rushing touchdowns. His loss means that the team will likely look to running backs T.J. Duckett and Aveion Cason to carry the load in his absence. Duckett, who was the primary back after Jones left the game, carried the ball 15 times for 102 yards and a score. There has been no mention as to whether the team will activate running back Tatum Bell for their final game, but after being a healthy inactive since Week 8, it appears unlikely that he would get much work this Sunday.

The Lions face the Green Bay Packers in the season finale. The Packers have no shot at getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs and, after getting beat down by the Chicago Bears this past Sunday, the team may look to rest a majority of their star players.

If fantasy owners are looking at a Week 17 championship game, Duckett would be the logical choice to acquire. 



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About Richard Garcia

Garcia served as a managing editor for KFFL. Prior to his time with KFFL, Richard worked in managerial roles with both Frito-Lay Inc. and UPS. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and fulfilled his internship requirements with the Los Angeles Kings Hockey organization in 2001.

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