The Green Bay Packers got some explosive plays from their star running back last week, but he suffered an injury on one of his scoring plays. So is Aaron Jones playing? He picked up a questionable tag after failing to practice all week. Let’s look at the most recent Aaron Jones injury updates as we assess whether he will be available in Week 2.
UPDATE (9/17/23 at 10 a.m. ET): DeAndre Hopkins is not expected to start Week 2’s Packers-Falcons game, per the latest from NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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Aaron Jones Injury Update: Is Green Bay’s Star Playing Sunday?
Aaron Jones Injury Update
I’m always skeptical of players who pick up questionable tags after failing to practice all week, which is the situation with Aaron Jones this week. However, he reportedly told teammates that he was fine after going down with a hamstring injury in Week 1, and he managed to get in some rehab work in Friday’s practice while wearing a helmet.
“Anytime he’s out there and has a helmet on, that’s a good sign,” head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters on Friday. Still, I’d be surprised to see Jones suit up in Week 2. Hamstring injuries have a high risk of re-injury, so holding him out until he is truly healthy would be wise — especially for a team like Green Bay that doesn’t have much talent at the skill positions.
Is Aaron Jones Playing for Green Bay in Week 2?
So is Aaron Jones playing for Green Bay in Week 2? We don’t know, but it’s not looking good. Injured players who fail to at least log a limited practice session usually don’t suit up, and when they do, they are usually on a snap count. Green Bay is pressed for depth at receiver, especially with Christian Watson also questionable, so Jordan Love has a tough task ahead of him on Sunday.
If Jones sits, the Packers will turn to backup A.J. Dillon. Dillon is a less effective receiver than Jones, and he struggled as a rusher last week. Dillon carried the ball 13 times but generated only 19 rushing yards. Green Bay has one other running back on the roster currently, undrafted rookie Emanuel Wilson, who put together some impressive performances in the preseason.
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