Monday, November 29, 2021

Packers update Aaron Jones’ status after injury in the second half

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The Green Bay Packers may have to end their battle against the Seattle Seahawks without their star walking back onto the field.

Aaron Jones was officially listed as questionable to return to the Week 10 home game against the Seahawks after suffering a late knee injury. Jones had tensed up on a six-yard run with multiple defenders towards the end of the third quarter, tried to run to the sideline but fell on the lawn in pain and needed the help of the Packers’ training staff to get off the field into the game blue medical tent.

CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson later added on TV coverage of the game that Jones came out of the tent with “tears in his eyes” and spoke to some family members nearby in the stands. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the initial assumption is that Jones has sprained his MCL and is undergoing an MRI.

Jones had only stormed the Seahawks seven times for a total of 25 yards before bowing out of the game, but he had also made four receptions for 61 yards, including two large screen passes that he took for more than 20 yards each.

The Packers now have to rely even more on second grader AJ Dillon from the backcourt. He’d already taken twice as many carries as Jones before his injury and finished the drive Jones left with a 3-yard touchdown run, bringing him to 15 carries for 54 yards in the fourth quarter. The only other Packers running back on the active squad is sophomore Patrick Taylor who has not yet carried the ball in a regular-season NFL game.

The Packers also lost veteran outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to a biceps injury in the third quarter. While the team initially considered him questionable about returning after bumping into a near-sack from Russell Wilson, he was determined to be out for the remainder of the game before the fourth quarter began.

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