Infirmary Report: Jones A Gametime Decision

Lions' running back may miss contest with sore elbow. Many more injury notes, plus comments from interim coach Dick Jauron inside.

ALLEN PARK -- Lions' running back Kevin Jones did not practice at all during the week, but that might not prevent him from missing Sunday's contest against the Cincinnati Bengals.

During Friday's practice, interim coach Dick Jauron left an inkling of a possibility that the second-year running back could still see time on the field. How extensive that time is, though is still up for debate.

And whether or not Jones will play at all.

"I think we have him listed as questionable, as far as I know," said Jauron. "No, he has not (practiced all week). It is going to be one of those game day deals."

When pressed further, Jauron reiterated Jones' status, saying, "The whole thing is questionable, so I don't know what else to say except we will have to look at it on game day and see what we think and see how he feels.

"The odds are not good."

Jones, who injured his elbow in last Sunday night's loss at Green Bay, returned briefly during that game but left immediately when it became apparent that it affected his running style. Jones typically carries the ball in his (right) injured arm.

The team will not provide Jones with any sort of additional padding if he is able to play.

Linebacker Donte' Curry, WR/KR Eddie Drummond, safety John McGraw and fullback Paul Smith are all questionable. Tight end Casey FitzSimmons will not play.

Other Injury Notes: The Lions placed linebackers Boss Bailey and Earl Holmes on the injured reserve. It is the second consecutive trip to the list for Bailey, whose ability to stay healthy has grown even more precarious. The team promoted practice squad players Matt Grootegoed, an undrafted rookie, and second-year WR Glenn Martinez onto the active roster.

Grootegoed could see playing time.


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