June 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Lions rookie WR TJ Jones had minor shoulder surgery during minicamp

TJ Jones: 'I'm going to get back as quickly as I can and then come back at 100 percent.' (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)

Berea, Ohio ó Lions sixth-round pick TJ Jones had minor shoulder surgery during minicamp two weeks ago, which led to the receiverís absence from the mandatory three days of practice, but he hopes to return for the start of training camp next month.

During organized team activities in May, Jones said he re-aggravated the AC sprain in his right shoulder that he originally injured in Notre Dame's bowl game victory over Rutgers in December.

"I finished the bowl game, and I thought it had healed up," Jones said Tuesday. "I went through all my training and everything. And then through just like routine catches (in OTAs), trying to block people, it just started to bug me, so I had them check it out."

Jones and the rest of the 2014 NFC draft picks were at the Cleveland Browns' headquarters Tuesday participating in a Play 60 event during the NFL Rookie Symposium. Players also listened to cautionary tales from current and former NFL players Sunday and Monday.

Jones said he already has full range of motion in the injured shoulder, but wore a sling Tuesday because he was in a large crowd. He said he's hoping to beat the doctor's estimated return because he's young and attacking rehab.

"In my eyes, I don't plan on missing anything," Jones said. "I'm going to get back as quickly as I can and then come back at 100 percent."

Jones first injured his right shoulder in the middle of his senior season, but said he was 100-percent healthy by the next game. He suffered the same injury in his left shoulder in Notre Dame's second game, but didn't miss time then either.

Although he missed minicamp, Jones said he doesn't think he's far behind in terms of learning the playbook and plans to use the month off to catch up on anything he missed.

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