After missing most of the 2013 season with injury, Jones started all 16 games for the Lions last year.
In the middle of the second quarter Sunday, the Detroit Lions desperately needed a spark.
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has shut down all playoff talk, but the team knows what is at stake.
“It’s nice to have one of those games where it’s stress-free in the fourth,” Raiola said. “That’s how games like that are supposed to go.”
“Nobody’s happier than us that our game’s on Thursday,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said.
“Long story short, once I got the phone call, I was out of here,” Jones said, recalling the moment of finding out his son was ailing.
Defensive linemen Andre Fluellen’s on-again, off-again relationship with the Detroit Lions is on again. Going into his sixth year in the NFL, Fluellen has spent parts of every season with the Lions, and he has returned yet again.
The Detroit Lions were already dealing with a major injury on offense when they sustained a big one on defense.
Ndamukong Suh laughed a little at the suggestion that Robert Griffin III’s knee injury might change the Lions’ perception of Griffin or the way they prepare for him.
Any time a defense can shut down a team that went 12-4 the previous season and enjoys a three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback at the helm, the defense unequivocally can claim a good day at the office.