Jones had just one tackle and one pass defended in the three games he played, but it still will be a significant loss for the Lions.
At 6-foot-5, 276 pounds, Jones was a bigger guy with range the Lions looked for this offseason to add to their defensive line. He has been a big reason as to why the Lions are tied for second in the league with five interceptions.
He may not be racking up tackles and sacks, but he's part of the defensive line that is putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks and bottling up running backs.
Fluellen will take Jones' roster spot, but it appears rookie Devin Taylor will have a bigger role with the Lions.
It's a good opportunity for Taylor -- the 6-foot-7, 276-pound graduate of South Carolina, who was drafted in the fourth round -- to prove himself to the coaching staff.
He made the 53-man roster, and that's a good start, but nothing is going to be handed to the rookie. He will still have to earn it from the coaches, or Fluellen or Willie Young could be seeing more reps.
Injuries can be tough to overcome for a team, but it also allows players who wouldn't normally get playing time to make the most out of an opportunity.
Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Lions for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can follow Tom on Twitter.
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