The Green Bay Packers (4-6) bounced back with a close 23-20 home victory in Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers, a competition in which the Green Bay’s first-year full-time starting quarterback Packers Jordan Love (322 passing yards and two touchdowns on 27-of-40 passing) outscored Chargers Pro Bowl passer Justin Herbert (260 passing yards and two passing touchdowns on 21-of-36 passing).
However, the victory came at the expense of Green Bay Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones, who injured his knee on a 2-yard run with just over three minutes left in the half .
Jones is dealing with a sprained MCL and is considered week to week, according to ESPN, and is unlikely to play Thursday. The Packers are scheduled to face the Lions at 12:30 p.m. ET at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day, and the short week definitely works against Jones’ uniform.
“I don’t think it’s long-term,” LaFleur said of Jones’ injury after the game Sunday, via Sports Illustrated Media Group. “Seeing him live, it didn’t look good, but he’s in good spirits.”
Immediately after the injury, Jones feared the worst-case scenario: a torn ACL, which he is understandably happy to have avoided.
“If it was my ACL, then I’m done for the season,” Jones said after the game, via The Athletic after the game. “I spent a lot of time and work here with these guys, it was like ‘man, I can’t take a break,’ but I took a break. I hope it’s not serious and I will come back here.”
Jones missed three of the team’s first four games this season after suffering a hamstring injury on a 35-yard touchdown run in the Packers’ 38-20 Week 1 win over the Chicago Bears . Packers third-string running back Emanuel Wilson, an undrafted free agent, was also scratched Sunday with a shoulder injury, leaving 2020 second-round pick AJ Dillon as the only running back currently on the roster. active. That means general manager Brian Gutekunst will likely have to get to work finding valid depth at the position as soon as possible, as the Packers face the Lions in four days on Thanksgiving.
“That’s a great question,” LaFleur said after the game, via USA Today. “We will have a solution. I trust Gutey and I know he and his team are in it.”
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