LaFleur breathed easy knowing that Aaron Jones does not have a serious injury
An MRI revealed that Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones has a “mild” cruciate ligament sprain and is expected to be out for one to two weeks, a source told Adam schefter from ESPN on Monday.
Jones left Sunday’s 17-0 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter with a knee injury. In the transmission of CBS TV, Tracy wolfson reported that Jones left the medical tent crying and went to speak with his family.
Aaron Jones he has suffered sprains before, including one to his right knee during the 2018 season. He missed the last two games of that season. As a rookie in 2017, he missed two games in the middle of the season due to a cruciate ligament sprain and then also missed the season finale due to a similar injury. The Packers missed the playoffs in both seasons, so it is unknown when Jones may have returned.
The Packers coach, Matt LaFleur, sounded relieved Monday that it was not a worst-case injury for Jones.
“I don’t think it’s going to be long term, but we will monitor him on a daily basis and see how quickly he can recover, because he certainly is a guy you want on the field,” agreed LaFleur. “It does a lot for our team, not just from a production point of view, but also the energy it brings to our team is quite contagious.”
The Packers signed Aaron Jones for four years and $ 48 million in March.
He had four receptions for 61 yards and seven carries for 25 yards when he left the game.
Second-year running back AJ Dillon totaled 128 yards (66 yards on 21 carries and 62 yards on two receptions) and two touchdowns against the Seahawks.
In other injury news, offensive lineman Rashan Gary plans to brace his elbow to see if he can play the Vikings on Sunday, a source told Schefter. Gary is scheduled to have an MRI for Tuesday to see if anything is getting in the way of his plans.
While LaFleur said Gary will need additional evaluation, the Packers fear they lost outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to a bicep injury. The Packers signed the veteran pass rusher last month, and he had his first sack with the Packers on Sunday against the Seahawks.
“Yeah, that’s a tough question,” LaFleur said. “Man, I feel bad for him. He would have potentially had a second catch right there. Just the stability he brings to that room and this guy is a pro. He’s been doing this at a very high level for a long time. It’s just one of those unfortunate things that happen. “
Even if Gary doesn’t miss a game, the Packers don’t have many linebackers. There is no timetable for Za’Darius Smith to return from his back surgery; he hasn’t played since the first game of the season. The Packers released outside linebacker LaDarius Hamilton on Saturday, but GM Brian Gutekunst may sign him again.
“I think that’s something that Gutey and our entire department are looking at,” LaFleur reported. “We have some guys on our practice team and we’ll see where we have to go.”
Meanwhile, quarterback Blake Bortles’ two-week stint with the Packers has ended. With Aaron Rodgers back and now Kurt Benkert off the reserve / COVID-19 list and back on the practice team, Bortles was released on Monday.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.