Lions' Jason Jones fueled by last year's disappointment
The homecoming celebration was cut so short last season for Jason Jones, it's almost as if he's a new addition to the team this year. He's an important piece, too.
Jason Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third week of the 2013-14 season.
By DAVE DYE
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The homecoming celebration was cut short last season for Jason Jones.
Jones and all his friends and family were elated when he signed a free-agent deal with the Detroit Lions a year ago. He had grown up a Lions fan in Southfield, Mich., and went to Eastern Michigan before playing his first five years in the NFL with Tennessee and Seattle.
Jones, 28, was so grateful to be home again, but much of the joy was wiped out when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third week of the season.
"Everybody was excited for me to come back," said Jones, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive lineman. "To get hurt the third game of the year kind of sucked.
"It was very frustrating. I felt like I could be out there helping the team."
His season was so brief that it's almost as if Jones is a new addition to the team this year. He's an important piece, too, because the Lions lost another defensive end, Willie Young, this offseason to division rival Chicago in free agency.
"I'm just looking for a healthy season," said Jones, who made 18 1/2 sacks in 61 games (31 starts) over his first five years in the league.
Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch believes that Jones "gives us that extra push that we need."
Jones was teammates with Tulloch down in Tennessee for his first three years as a pro.