NOTEBOOK: Lions lose DE Jason Jones to season-ending knee injury

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Though the Lions earned a big win at Washington Sunday, it came at a cost.

The Lions earned a huge road victory in Washington Sunday, but it came at a cost.

Starting defensive end Jason Jones was lost for the remainder of the season after rupturing the patella tendon in his left knee.

Jones, who was a key Day 1 acquisition for the Lions in free agency, suffered the non-contact injury on a 2nd-and-20 completion to tight end Jordan Reed midway through the second quarter.

"That's unfortunate," defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said after the game when he was asked about Jones' injury. "He's definitely going to be missed, but it just opens up another opportunity for a guy that we have on our defensive line. I can't say enough, because it's going to be a tough loss."

With Jones out, the Lions played the rest of the way with Willie Young, Ziggy Ansah and Israel Idonije at defensive end. Rookie fourth-round pick Devin Taylor was inactive.

The rest of the season just got very important for the rookie Taylor, who should now be on the active 46-man roster from here out.

Expect the Lions to sign another free agent defensive end this week – maybe free agent Lawrence Jackson.

"We've got other guys," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "Willie Young's playing outstanding ball. Ziggy. … And then Devin Taylor has shown some really good things. He's only been active for one game but it'll be his time to step up also."


Running back Reggie Bush wanted to play Sunday, but it wasn't his call to make.

Reggie BushRB Reggie Bush (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Schwartz kept him out so their starter would be ready to go next week vs. Chicago in a key divisional matchup.

"We have to do what's right," Schwartz said. "The injury that he was dealing with is a little different than maybe if he was a quarterback of offensive lineman or something like that. He can't control what's going on when you're a running back. You can't control where they're going to tackle you and things like that.

"He worked his butt off to get ready to play. He was in the training room 24 hours a day. He was sleeping with an apparatus on and stuff like that to try and get ready to play. I just made the decision that in this case we needed to have healthy guys in there and he completely understood."

In Bush's place, Joique Bell rushed for 63 yards and had 69 more as a receiver and had a touchdown.


Veteran Rashean Mathis had been used the first two weeks as a "bullpen" replacement for cornerback Darius Slay.

Sunday, Mathis went from the bullpen to the starting mound, replacing Slay in the starting lineup for the first time this season.

Mathis had an up-and-down performance, but coaches obviously felt more comfortable with the veteran vs. the rookie against a complex Redskins offense.

"Slay is going to be an outstanding player," Schwartz said.

"We have all the confidence in the world in him. As a rookie, there are just so many things that he is seeing for the first time. This was very difficult game plan defensively. The option, the play action. Holy mackerel. It's a tough tough thing. We had a lot of adjustments and a lot of different things."


• Ansah left briefly due to injury but did return to the game.

• Johnson tied the franchise record with 34 career 100-yard receiving games after recording 115 vs. Washington. He is now tied with receiver Herman Moore with the most in team history.