INDIANAPOLIS – Marvin Jones is expected to be a full participant in the Detroit Lions’ offseason program after undergoing knee surgery that ended his 2018 season.
Jones suffered a right knee injury in a Week 10 loss to the Chicago Bears and was placed on injured reserve 15 days later.
He said after the season he was disappointed with how his year ended, but declined to provide details on an injury that initially was reported to be a bone bruise.
“I’ll just be ready next season and I’ll be ready to be one of the best,” Jones said in December. “Every time you talk to me, that’s what I say. I want to be the best for this team and I want to be the best in the league, and that’s not going to stop. I just have to come back and do it.”
Jones, who’s entering Year 4 of a five-year free-agent deal he signed with the Lions in 2016, finished last season with 35 catches for 508 yards and five touchdowns.
Lions coach Matt Patricia on Wednesday said Jones and Kenny Golladay are “two outstanding wide receivers that will obviously be counted on moving forward,” but he was vague when asked if he expected Jones to return to his pre-injury form once healthy.
Jones averaged 18 yards per catch and had a career-high 1,101 yards receiving in 2017. Golladay took over as the Lions’ No. 1 receiver and finished with 70 catches and 1,063 yards last season.
“We’ll obviously see what the entire team looks like next year when we get out there,” Patricia said. “Everyone’s in a situation where they got to go out there and reestablish (themselves). I think the NFL, what’s great about it is every year’s a new year and every position is new and the guys are out there working real hard, but I know that Marvin is working extremely hard right now to get back and be ready to go and that’s all that we can ask for him to do and then he’ll go out and just continue to push forward. So we’re just real excited about that and those two guys are two great guys to work with.”
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah, meanwhile, continues to rehab in California from surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum that he suffered in a December loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Ansah was expected to miss four to six months with an injury that could impact the offers he receives as an unrestricted free agent.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn has left open the possibility of re-signing Ansah, though he admitted this week the team is “still in the evaluation process” when it comes to Ansah’s injury.
“That’s probably more of a medical conversation than anything else right now,” Quinn said. “I don’t really have those answers.”