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Lions Lose DE Jason Jones For The Season

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DE Jason Jones was lost for the season after tearing his patellar tendon in the 2nd quarter this week. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.
DE Jason Jones was lost for the season after tearing his patellar tendon in the 2nd quarter this week. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

FOX Sports’ Mike Garofolo reported Sunday that Detroit Lions DE Jason Jones had torn the patellar tendon in his left knee, ending his season.

Jones went down in the second quarter of the Lions’ Week 3 victory, and needed to be carted off the field. Whenever a player goes down with a non-contact knee injury, it’s a scary situation as they’re almost always devastating injuries such as this.

Through two games, Jones hadn’t played well, and wasn’t able to get much pressure on the quarterback, recording only one tackle for the year. It’s still a tough loss for the team, though, after they signed him to a three-year, $9.5 million deal in the offseason.

In his stead, Willie Young and Israel Idonije will play left end for the remainder of the season. Both Young and Idonije had more tackles than Jones heading into Week 3. Young filled in mostly Sunday, but Idonije is the more experienced player. Idonije signed a one-year minimum contract with the Lions this season after playing his entire career with the Chicago Bears.

One or both need to step up, and my money is on Idonije.