The Detroit Lions put two players on season-ending Reserve/Injured this week: Defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr.
Jones injured his ankle during the final offensive drive in Minnesota, but stayed on the field to avoid taking a timeout.
"During the game, I saw it when it happened live. I saw it and I looked and I said, 'Oh no,' I knew it hurt, I knew that much, but I saw him get up ... it's pretty impressive," Lions head coach Matt Patricia said in a conference call Tuesday.
"He got up and got lined up, knew the situation. It just shows his leadership, his toughness, his mental preparation."
Jones finishes the year with 62 catches for 779 yards and nine touchdowns. The nine touchdowns are currently second in the NFL behind only teammate Kenny Golladay.
In addition to Golladay, the Lions also have Danny Amendola, Chris Lacy and Travis Fulgham on the roster at wide receiver.
The rookie Fulgham was brought up from the practice squad on Wednesday.
"I've learned a lot about football and a lot about being a receiver," Fulgham said of his time on the practice squad. "I've been waiting for this for 13 weeks now, so I'm very excited."
PREPARING FOR BUCCANEERS
After suffering a thumb injury in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' win over the Colts last week, quarterback Jameis Winston was listed as questionable for this week's matchup against the Lions. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said Winston is ready to go.
Winston has struggled with turnovers this season, but his bounce-back mentality has allowed him to quickly brush them off and lead the offense on scoring drives.
"I can snap and clear," Winston said in an interview. "I don't focus on the last play.
"Being able to bounce back, that's in my blood. I was blessed to be like that. I've got to not put us in those situations. That's what I have to work on – heavily."
For Mike O'Hara's full scouting report on the Buccaneers, click here.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS
- The Lions announced Thursday that linebacker Devon Kennard is the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
- To celebrate NFL 100, the Lions are sitting down with some of the most loyal, longtime fans. Meet superfan Gary "Macho Mane" Campioni and his group of friends, "The Blue Mane Group".
- Catch up on all the news from Darrell Bevell and Paul Pasqualoni's Tuesday media sessions.
- View photos of Lions players handing out holiday gifts to students at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary-Middle School as part of the Meijer Season of Sharing.