He missed most of the season rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery and a lingering nerve issue. Then, TJ Jones practiced for three weeks to see if the Detroit Lions would activate him off the Physically Unable to Perform list.
That deadline came and went Monday and the Lions let it pass, meaning Jones would remain on the PUP list the rest of the season. This ends the rookie campaign for Jones, the team's sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame.
"I'd understand," Jones told ESPN last week. "They have to make decisions that are best for the team and for my personal health and this late in the season, when we still have depth, it's not like it's completely out of the question for them to IR me the rest of the year.
"So whatever they go with, I'm going to support and can't change it so I'm going to support it and make the best out of the new situation that will arise after the decision."
The Lions didn't have much room for Jones on the roster this season anyway. He wasn't going to play ahead of Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Jeremy Ross or Corey Fuller. The team already has one receiver who doesn't play in Ryan Broyles, so adding another to the 53-man roster would have made little sense, especially since Jones would need a learning curve as a rookie and Detroit is in a playoff race.
Other quick notes:
Tight end Joseph Fauria, who injured his ankle Sunday against Tampa Bay, is going to be monitored over the next couple of days. Fauria played through the injury to score his first touchdown of the season.
Caldwell said when Reggie Bush is healthy, he plays the same role as Theo Riddick -- a major reason why Riddick wasn't used on offense Sunday. This was obvious when looking at the snap counts from the game against Tampa Bay.