Emotional day for Lions following death of Jones' son

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) is greeted by quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) after a 10-yard reception for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
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DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions played their last game of the season with heavy hearts. The team had announced one night earlier the death of wide receiver Marvin Jones' son Marlo.

"We miss you already buddy and will forever love you," Jones wrote in a social media post. "Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings."

There was a moment of silence at Ford Field before Sunday's game against Green Bay and the Lions turned in an inspired performance although they ultimately lost 23-20 on a last-second field goal.

A team spokesman said Marlo was about 6 months old.

Jones was at the game but didn't play. He went on injured reserve earlier in the month. 

Jones posted a picture of his family sticking close to each other's sides at the game. He commented that he still couldn't believe his youngest son wasn't with them.

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Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo. It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son “Marlito” has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us. Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth. You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you. We did not get the chance to hear your first words (It would’ve been in Spanish too) ☺️. We didn’t get to see you run with your brothers and sister, you ran with them with your eyes everyday. We know that everything that We do from here on out will be with you. Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, We will think of your smile. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings 👼🏽👼🏽

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