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Top Jermar Jefferson News

  • Jermar Jefferson: Reaches injury settlement

    Jefferson (undisclosed) was waived from injured reserve by the Lions on Wednesday with an injury settlement, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    Jefferson reverted to the Lions' IR on Aug. 31 after going unclaimed off waivers. The injury settlement allows Jefferson to sign elsewhere during the 2023 season once he's healthy.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Reverts to IR

    Jefferson (undisclosed) reverted to Detroit's injured reserve Wednesday, per the NFL's transaction log.

    Jefferson cleared waivers after being cut Tuesday, so barring an injury designation, he will now spend the rest of the 2023 season on IR. The exact nature of the 2021 seventh-round pick's injury remains undisclosed.

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  • Jermar Jefferson: Waived with injury designation

    Jefferson (undisclosed) was waived/injured by the Lions on Tuesday, per the NFL's transaction log.

    The nature of Jefferson's injury is unclear at this time. Assuming he clears waivers, his next step will be reverting to the team's injured reserve. From there, he will be looking at a 2023 season on the sideline unless both he and the team can reach an injury settlement at some point.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Lands new deal with Detroit

    The Lions signed Jefferson to a reserve/future contract Monday.

    Jefferson will get another chance to carve out a spot with Detroit heading into the offseason. The 2021 seventh-round pick logged 15 carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns across seven games during his rookie season, though he spent the entirety of 2022 on the practice squad before being elevated for Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Packers. Jefferson never wound up taking the field against Green Bay, though his experience with the team was still enough to earn him a new deal heading into this offseason.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Bumped up to active roster

    The Lions elevated Jefferson from the practice squad Saturday for Sunday's game against the Packers.

    Jefferson will be brought up from the practice squad for the first time this season ahead of Sunday's must-win regular-season finale. The second-year running back recorded 15 carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns across seven games with Detroit in 2021, though he's yet to make an appearance this season. Expect Jefferson to slot into a reserve/special-teams role behind backup running backs Justin Jackson and Craig Reynolds.

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  • Jermar Jefferson: Joins Detroit's practice squad

    The Lions signed Jefferson to their practice squad Thursday.

    Jefferson initially made the team's 53-man roster but was waived a day later. However, he's returned to the organization on a practice-squad deal. The 2021 seventh-round pick appeared in seven games as a rookie, totaling 19 touches for 97 yards and two scores.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Survives roster cuts

    Jefferson made the Lions' initial 53-man roster Tuesday as their No. 4 running back, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    After being outdone by Justin Jackson this preseason while seemingly offering less value on special teams than Godwin Igwebuike, Jefferson surprisingly survived roster cuts after getting beat out by Igwebuike in 2021. However, Craig Reynolds remains in the No. 3 slot, so Jefferson won't necessarily be next in line for work if something happens to D'Andre Swift or Jamaal Williams.

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  • Jermar Jefferson: Goes onto waivers

    Detroit waived Jefferson on Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    It initially appeared as though Jefferson had secured a spot on the depth chart after he survived Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline, but he'll now become an unrestricted free agent assuming he isn't claimed during the current waiver period. The move leaves D'Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds as the remaining running backs on the Lions' active roster.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Stock falling

    Jefferson rushed seven times for 25 yards during Saturday's preseason win over Indianapolis.

    With neither of D'Andre Swift or Jamaal Williams in action, Jefferson was third to rotate in at running back behind interim starter Craig Reynolds and Justin Jackson, who gained 54 yards on the same amount of carries as Jefferson. Each of these guys plus Godwin Igwebuike should get more opportunities to prove their worth in the preseason finale next Sunday in Pittsburgh, but Jefferson seems to be headed in the wrong direction in advance of roster cuts.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Drawing praise from coach

    Head coach Dan Campbell specified Jefferson as a player having a productive training camp, Colton Pouncy of The Athletic reports.

    After a productive career at Oregon, Jefferson failed to find his footing as a seventh-round rookie last year in Detroit. By season's end, both converted safety Godwin Igwebuike and Kutztown product Craig Reynolds had earned more snaps and game appearances than him. However, it seems that Jefferson has worked his way back into the mix this offseason, which opens the door for him to compete with Igwebuike, Reynolds and Justin Jackson for the No. 3 running back job behind D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Needs to improve on special teams

    Jefferson could see more playing time this season if he can improve on special teams, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Jefferson averaged over 19 carries per game over three seasons as the offensive centerpiece at Oregon State from 2018 to 2020, but he barely saw the field for the Lions as a rookie. Meanwhile, converted safety Godwin Igwebuike was active every week due to his special-teams contributions and Craig Reynolds eventually worked his way up the depth chart as well. Jefferson ultimately seems to have an uphill battle for a roster spot, but it is nonetheless worth tracking the No. 3 running back job in Detroit considering the coaching staff was willing to give Reynolds 26 carries during a game that D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams both missed last season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Age: 23
School: Oregon State
Experience: 2