Marvin Jones Takes Leave of Absence from Lions and Announces Release

Xavier Roger

Marvin Jones’ Surprising Departure

In a surprising turn of events, wide receiver Marvin Jones has decided to step away from football to attend to personal matters, just under seven months after rejoining the Detroit Lions for his second stint with the team. Following this announcement, the Detroit Lions promptly released him.

Marvin Jones, aged 33, did not accompany the Lions for their Week 7 matchup against the Ravens on Sunday and was deactivated due to undisclosed personal reasons. He took to social media on Tuesday to explain that he won’t be returning to the team.

Personal Reasons Prompt Marvin Jones to Step Away

“I just want to say that I have so much love and respect for the Ford family, the city of Detroit, my teammates, and coaches,” he expressed. “To be concise, I am stepping away from the team to take care of personal family matters. Although this was no easy decision, I cannot be the player/person that I need to be for this team as well as tend to my family from afar. This organization has been amazing, showing love and support for myself and my family over the years, and this time is no different.”

Jones conveyed his support to his teammates and coaches, saying, “To my brothers and coaches, I will be rooting for you every step of the way! This is the year! Go get it!”

Coach Dan Campbell’s Perspective

On Monday, Lions coach Dan Campbell informed reporters that he did not believe Jones’ absence was related to anything “serious.” However, he refrained from providing further details regarding Jones’ future with the team.

Marvin Jones began his NFL career as a fifth-round pick with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012, spending four years with the team. In 2016, he secured a $40 million deal with the Lions in free agency. During his time in Detroit, he achieved career highs, notably in 2017 when he caught 61 passes for 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns. He remained with the Lions until 2020. Jones returned to the Lions after a two-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars, signing a one-year, $3 million contract in April. However, his performance was limited, with just five catches for 35 yards on 10 targets during Detroit’s strong 5-1 start to the season.

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