The Detroit Lions got a win over the Redskins today but they lost a starting defensive end in the process.
Jason Jones was carted off the field and the injury is serious. DetroitLions.com’s Tim Twentyman reports it was a ruptured patellar tendon and Jones will be out the rest of the year.
Jason Jones ruptured a patellar tendon and is out for the year.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 22, 2013
The loss of Jones provides a big opportunity for rookie Devin Taylor who has been inactive for two of the three weeks so far. With Jones out of the lineup, Taylor will likely not only be a regular on the active gameday roster, but also figures to get regular snaps as part of the defense.
Jones’ season will be officially over when the Lions place him on injured reserve. At that point they will be able to fill his spot on the roster. One name to keep in mind is Lawrence Jackson. He left the Lions for the Vikings via free agency but didn’t survive final cuts and remains a free agent.