By Ashley Dunkak

CBS DETROIT – Sixth-round draft pick TJ Jones attended rookie minicamp and OTAs at the Detroit Lions facility in Allen Park, but he missed the team’s mandatory minicamp, and while head coach Jim Caldwell would not say why, he did say the absence was excused.

97.1 The Ticket’s Tony Ortiz, who is also the sideline reporter for the Lions, has confirmed reports that the reason Jones missed minicamp was to have his shoulder scoped. Ortiz said the minor procedure was necessitated by an injury that occurred in Notre Dame’s bowl game but that had not bothered him until recently.

As a lower-round pick who plays a position at which the Lions are relatively loaded, Jones was not likely to win a featured role in the offense this season, but he may at least have a chance to try, as Ortiz is told that Jones should return by training camp.


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