Jermar Jefferson’s time with the Detroit Lions has come to another end, and this time it appears permanent. The Lions and Jefferson agreed to an injury settlement, with the running back now waived from Detroit’s injured reserve list.
The 2021 seventh-round pick started out training camp well but couldn’t sustain the early momentum, and an injury ended any real chance of Jefferson making the team. He is now free to sign with any other NFL team.
Jefferson reverted to Detroit’s injured reserve when the third-year RB went unclaimed on the NFL’s waiver wire last week. His injury has not been publicly disclosed.
There is an outside chance Jefferson could return to Detroit in 2023, but it’s extremely unlikely. He would have to wait at least three weeks beyond the end of the terms of the injury settlement before he can re-sign with the Lions. Jefferson played in seven games for Detroit, all in 2021, and gained 74 yards on 15 carries.