Lions’ Jason Jones suffers season-ending knee injury in Week 3 win
Jones was initially considered questionable to return, but the team ruled him out for the game after medical testing revealed the true extent of the damage to his left knee. It was apparent that Jones was down with something serious after he initially attempted walk to the sidelines on his own power but eventually needed to be carted off the field Sunday night.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz later revealed that Jones tore his patellar tendon when he was trying to rush the quarterback on a play. He will be shut down for the rest of the season.
"Jason Jones will be out for the season," Schwartz said. "He ruptured his patellar tendon."
For the Lions, it means they are down a starter on the defensive line. The Detroit Lions brought Jones in to a three-year, $9.5 million deal this offseason as part of team efforts to revamp their defense and add rangier defensive ends up front.
Coming into Sunday’s game, Jones had only one tackle and one pass defensed, but he also veteran presence and versatility to the Lions’ defensive line. Without Jones in the lineup, the Lions have four healthy defensive ends remaining – Ziggy Ansah, Willie Young, Israel Idonije and Devin Taylor – and will need for them to step up to fill the hole.
"We got other guys," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "Willie Young is playing outstanding ball. Ziggy (Ezekiel Ansah). And Devin Taylor had a heck of a football game, and it will be his time to step up."
Young has gotten most of the snaps at the left side of the defensive line prior to Jones’ injury, and could be in mix with Idonije to start at the spot for the rest of the season.
Rookie Ansah has also played exceptionally well at right end for the Lions. He had two sacks Sunday night and briefly left the in the second half but returned and finished the game. Schwartz did not say what Ansah’s injury was.
Taylor, the Lions’ third-round pick out of Southern California was inactive for Sunday’s games. So far this season, he has appeared in only one game.