The Kevin Jones story has taken another twist, as the Lions have taken the running back off the physically unable to perform list, and now head coach Rod Marinelli says that there is a chance the back may play in next weeks opener vs the Raiders in Oakland. Marinelli said on Saturday that Jones’ status would be updated on a week-to-week basis. The final decision to take Jones off the PUP list was made after the surgeon who performed the Lisfranc surgery on his foot stated that the back was not in any danger of re-injuring the foot. Marinelli said that Jones should be able to be back at full strength, and that there should be no other major complications as a result of the surgery.
For the time being, Tatum Bell will get most of the carries for the Lions. The back was brought in to ensure that the Lions would have a solid back, as he last year ran for 1025 yards and two TD’s for the Lions. If Jones can come back to full strength at some point early in the 2007 season, it would only give the Lions that much more of a boost. The Lions showed signs in during parts of the preseason of having a solid offense, with Jon Kitna leading the way on offense. For now, the decision to play or sit Jones will be one that the Lions will go back and forth on till it is determined he can be back to 100 percent.