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Lions WR Marvin Jones ruled out for Week 11 against Panthers

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Marvin Jones and the Detroit Lions are heading into their Week 11 matchup against the Carolina Panthers needing a win in a big way. Heading into this week, the Lions are just 3-6 and are falling far behind in the NFC playoff race. If they want to make the playoffs, the Lions will have to win out and hope for some help.

Unfortunately, the Lions are going to be forced to play this week’s game against a tough opponent without one of their top receivers on the field.

According to a report from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Jones has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Panthers. That subtraction from the offense is going to make things difficult for Lions.

Detroit made the move to trade wide receiver Golden Tate ahead of the NFL trade deadline. Moving him paved the way for Jones to become Detroit’s top receiver. Kenny Golladay has stepped up in a big way this season as well, but Jones is without question the most dangerous target.

Throughout the nine games he has played with the Lions this season, Jones has caught 35 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns. He has not had as big of a season as he had last year, but that was expected to change with Tate no longer in town.

Hopefully, Jones’ knee injury will not keep him out longer than this week. If the Lions do end up winning this game, they will still have hope. On the other hand, if they lose to the Panthers, the 3-7 record should count them out of the playoff picture.

Expect to see the Lions rely heavily on Golladay and TJ Jones this week. Carolina’s defense is a tough matchup, especially without the top wide receiver on the roster.