The Green Bay Packers‘ Week 1 offense was running through star RB Aaron Jones up until his hamstring injury on his TD reception. The Packers have been fine without him, but the running game has taken a massive dip, and he’s badly needed.
Just when we thought he was set to return, Jones exited Thursday night’s game against the Detroit Lions in the first half but returned in the second half after halftime. Here’s the latest on what we know.
Aaron Jones Injury Update
All this week and dating back to last Thursday, Jones had been listed as a limited participant in Packers practice reports. He was officially listed as questionable on the final injury report but did well enough in pre-game warmups to avoid the inactive list.
However, late in the first half of Thursday Night Football, Aaron Jones was spotted on the sideline with a wrap on his leg with no indication that he was close to being sent back into the game. Jones had carried the ball two times for three yards in the first half.
But AJ Dillon saw all of the snaps at running back for the Packers late in the first half. Coming into tonight’s game, Dillon had not been the most productive runner and has sat at around 13 carries per game, which is how many he received in Week 1 with Jones there.
On those 13 carries, he had gotten just 2.74 yards per carry (YPC). Jones has just nine carries but for 4.56 YPC and another two catches for 86 yards and two total TDs.
Jones entered tonight’s game with nine carries for 41 yards in one appearance this season. Dillon entered as the team’s leading ball carrier with 39 carries for 107 yards through the first three games of the year.
As of the time of publication, Jones has four rushes for 15 yards and one reception for -4 yards. We’ll see how much he’s able to hold up as the second half goes along.