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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jason Jones has yet to watch the play that ended his 2013 season against Washington in September, the one on which he tore the patellar tendon in his knee in his first season since coming to the Detroit Lions as a free agent.
That is the painful part for the defensive end. The good news -- he's making progress.
Jones said doctors cleared him recently to do more physical therapy, and he was in the Lions locker room Tuesday without crutches, having been off of them for about two weeks. He's coming around mentally, too.
"That was the thing, man," Jones said. "Just watching 'SportsCenter,' just watching everything, man, kind of just made me feel like I wish I was out there, wish I could be doing this, wish I could have made that play."
As he has started to heal, his focus shifted from that to trying to return as soon as possible. Jones said he hopes to be back at full strength by February -- after Detroit's season ends but in time for all offseason activities.
Now the hard part starts: the rehabilitation.
"It’s going to pick up," Jones said. "Especially with a lower extremity, it’s going to be tough. Gotta get back in shape, strength and all that. It’s an uphill road right now but I’m optimistic."
And now a look at Lions news from around the Interwebs.
First, two transactions if you missed them: The Lions signed defensive lineman Austen Lane and released tackle Barry Richardson. They also brought tight end and Michigan product Martell Webb to the practice squad, releasing Steven Miller.
Jim Schwartz explains his in-season lifestyle, and for the Lions as a team, that does not include much hazing. Nate Burleson is back at practice, and the Lions remained at No. 10 in the Power Rankings. And away from Detroit, the impact of Aaron Rodgers' injury on the Lions.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that Matthew Stafford called his screaming voice at Riley Reiff "terrible."
Justin Rogers from MLive writes that Reiff provided a learning experience -- and a laugh.