Jones may play bigger role

Jones may play bigger role

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 00:37
It wouldn't surprise me to see backup running back Kevin Jones play a more prominent role Sunday against his former Lions teammates. Jones is anxious to put on a good show at his former home field and prove that the Lions gave up on him too soon following last season's knee surgery. He was drafted in the first round by the Lions in 2004 (30th overall) and rushed for 1,133 yards as a rookie, but he was released after the 2007 season.. Jones got 13 carries in the Bears' season opener and gained 45 yards, but he's gotten just 7 carries since them for 26 yards. He's looked surprisingly healthy for someone less than a year removed from a torn ACL. Rookie Matt Forte will still get 20-plus touches, as he has in every game this season. But the game plan might very well call for a ball-control attack to keep the Lions' stud wide receivers, Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams, on the sidelines, especially since neither of the Bears' starting cornerbacks, Nate Vasher and Charles Tillman, are nowhere near 100 percent.
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