The Lions have started paring their roster to the 75-player limit.
A sixth-round pick from Notre Dame, Jones had offseason shoulder surgery. He will miss at least the first six regular season games.
In other roster moves Saturday, the Lions released offensive guard Alex Bullard, offensive guard A.J. Dalton, defensive tackle Greg Hickman, tailback Steven Miller, defensive end Kris Redding and wide receiver Conner Vernon, according to Twentyman.
This leaves the Lions with 82 players. Detroit has until Tuesday afternoon to get its roster down to 75 players.