Aaron Jones and Christian Watson are both expected to miss Week 2 for the Green Bay Packers, according to injury reports. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur made an optimistic statement about Jones’ situation.
‘Packers coach Matt LaFleur on RB Aaron Jones (hamstring), who didn’t practice but did some rehab work in a helmet: “Anytime he’s out there and has a helmet on, that’s a good sign.”’ This is a significant news from LaFleur, and it strongly suggests that Jones will be eligible for Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Jones scored twice against the Chicago Bears in Week 1, leading the club in running (9 carries for 41 yards) and receiving (2 receptions for 86 yards). AJ Dillon got 13 additional carries but only 19 yards on the ground.
Jones had a strong year in 2022, ending with 1,121 yards but just two touchdowns on the run while also adding 395 yards receiving and another five touchdowns, and he was anticipated to be a big part of the Green Bay offensive again.
Christian Watson missed Week 1 and is struggling, but having Jones available would be huge for the Packers. Jordan Love looked every bit the part of a strong starting quarterback in the game, passing three touchdowns, two of which went to Romeo Doubs.
whether Jones misses the game, Dillon will have a significant workload, and it will be worth watching Jones’ status over the following four days to see whether he can suit up against the Falcons.