Injury Report: Jones Might Not Play

Injury Report: Jones Might Not Play

ALLEN PARK - Lions' interim coach Dick Jauron planned to be stubborn with grossly underutilized running back Kevin Jones. Those plans, though, might have to wait. Comments and more inside.

ALLEN PARK - Lions' interim coach Dick Jauron planned to be stubborn with grossly underutilized running back Kevin Jones.

Those plans, though, might have to wait.

The second-year running back, who was expected to become a featured part of the Detroit offense under Jauron after being relatively forgotten under former head coach Steve Mariucci, has yet to recover from a pulled quadriceps muscle suffered in the Thanksgiving Day loss to Atlanta.

Jones pulled the muscle in the second half, but the recovery has been minimal. He has been downgraded from probable to questionable for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

"It is the same injury that he had last week," said Jauron on Friday. "It hasn't gotten better as fast as we or he would have liked. That is where it is and we will have to see how he feels (Saturday) and then probably on game day and make a decision."

Jones practiced earlier in the week, but according to Jauron "didn't really loosen up as much as he wanted it to."

Jauron added: "We know he is a tough guy so we have to go with what he says and what our medical staff says. We rested him today and we will see how it feels tomorrow. We won't do much tomorrow at all.

"At the very best it will be a game day decision on him."

Although he doesn't possess the gaudy statistics, the Lions are 3-0 when Jones carries 20 or more times this season.

THE REST: The Lions will be without free-safty Terrence Holt (elbow) on Sunday. Linebacker Donte' Curry (thigh) and fullback Paul Smith are questionable. Left tackle Jeff Backus (ankle) is probable.

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