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Could injured Packers star return in time for NFC showdown against Rams?

Aaron Jones

Help may be on the way for the Green Bay Packers in time for their big Week 12 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Packers tweeted a seemingly encouraging video Thursday of running back Aaron Jones jogging and making cuts during practice. Jones, who missed last week due to an MCL sprain, was officially a limited participant in Thursday’s practice after logging a limited practice on Wednesday as well.

The Pro Bowler Jones got injured in Week 10 against Seattle (video here). While there was initially some concern that Jones had suffered a potentially significant injury, he was given a return timetable of 1-to-2 weeks. Backup AJ Dillon held down the backfield in Green Bay’s Week 11 loss to Minnesota, rushing 11 times for 53 yards and adding another six catches for 44 yards.

“Aaron did a nice job out of practice,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur added after Thursday’s session, per USA Today Sports. “Certainly, we’re gonna see how he progresses throughout the week and see where he is on Sunday.”

The NFC North-leading Packers have a Week 13 bye, so many thought that they would just opt to rest Jones through the off week. But after Green Bay’s loss to Minnesota last week, the Rams can jump them in the standings with a win on Sunday. That could potentially be a major development for playoff seeding and home-field advantage. The 8-3 Packers are also chasing the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals for the best record in the NFC. Those are all reasons why Jones might be working hard to get back on the field for Sunday.

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Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon have great exchange about buying Packers shares

Aaron Jones

The Green Bay Packers issued a stock offering on Tuesday for the first time in a decade and just the sixth time in franchise history, and some of their own players raced to get in on the action.

The Packers, the only publicly owned franchise in the four major professional sports leagues, announced that they are offering shares of stock at $300 each in order to make stadium improvements. They’re offering 300,000 shares through Feb. 25, 2022, and AJ Dillon has apparently already snatched some up.

Fellow running back Aaron Jones wanted to do the same, but it seemed like he was having a bit more trouble than his teammate. Despite being a Packers star, Jones had to wait in the virtual queue like everyone else.

Jones and Dillon may soon learn that it’s not all sunshine and roses when you’re a Packers shareholder. Some politics may come into play, especially if their own star quarterback tries to make the team’s brass look bad again leading up to the annual shareholders meeting next offseason.

Either way, Dillon and Jones may be Packers for life now regardless of how long they play for the franchise.

Aaron Jones leaves game with potentially significant knee injury

Aaron Jones knee injury

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones left Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with an apparent knee injury.

Jones was injured on a run play and came up holding his right knee after being tackled. He needed the assistance of two staffers to get to the medical tent.

The Packers officially designated Jones as questionable to return, but ruled him out for the game shortly afterward. CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson reported that Jones left the medical tent with tears in his eyes and went to go see his family.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Packers believe Jones suffered a sprained MCL, but further testing will be needed to confirm that.

How much time Jones misses is a question, even if that diagnosis is correct. It’s worth noting that there is precedent for playing through that sort of injury, but it might be particularly difficult for a running back to do so.

Jones has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the Packers and had a chance at doing so again this year. He’d be a significant loss for the Green Bay offense, especially if he is forced to miss significant time.

Aaron Jones ensures he will not lose special necklace during game again

Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones had to deal with a bit of a scare in Week 2 when he lost a necklace containing his father’s ashes in the end zone at Lambeau Field. The necklace was recovered, and the incident won’t stop Jones from keeping it with him while he plays.

Jones revealed after the Packers’ Week 2 win over the Detroit Lions that he plays wearing a chain containing some of the ashes of his late father, who died in April. Jones lost the chain after scoring one of the four touchdowns he racked up in that game, though it was later recovered thanks to the efforts of a very dedicated trainer.

On Friday, Jones revealed that he got more help from Packers staff when it comes to the chain. He said team equipment man Red Batty sewed a special pocket into Jones’ jersey where he can safely keep the necklace while playing.

That’s actually pretty awesome work. Jones’ request is certainly worth accommodating, though. Plus, if it helps him to get more four-touchdown games, the organization will probably go to whatever lengths they need to in order to make it happen.

Packers trainer Bryan Engel went to great lengths to locate Aaron Jones’ necklace

Aaron Jones

The saga of Aaron Jones’ missing necklace pendant has a happy ending. He can thank Bryan Engel for going to great lengths to help out.

Jones scored four touchdowns in his Green Bay Packers’ win on Monday night. He lost a special piece of jewelry on one of the touchdowns.

Jones’ father died of COVID-19 complications in April. The Packers running back had a mini football pendant made and put his father’s ashes in the pendant. He wore it on the field but lost it.

Engel, better known as “Flea,” stayed out at Lambeau Field until nearly 2 a.m. to locate the missing pendant.

Engel’s efforts paid off as he was able to finally find the pendant. Jones said he was “forever grateful” to Engel for the find.

It’s a happy story all around. Next, Jones needs to repeat his four-touchdown day.

Aaron Jones has amazing jewelry tribute to his late father

Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones had a monster game for the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, and he got to pay tribute to his late father with the big day.

Jones rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 48 yards and three touchdowns, giving him four scores in the game.

The 26-year-old is playing for his late father, who died in April due to COVID-19.

In a postgame interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters after the Packers’ 35-17 win over the Lions, Jones says he had some of his father’s remains with him. Yes, Jones plays with a chain that contains his father’s ashes. He actually lost the chain in the end zone after scoring one of his four touchdowns. But the best part is Jones says his father would approve of the way he lost the chain.

“I have a chain with a football and his ashes are in it,” Jones told Salters. “I scored and it fell off in the end zone. I’ll go look for it. But he’d be happy. He’d be like, ‘if you lose it anywhere, lose it in the end zone.'”

Hopefully the grounds crew could find the chain.

Jones says he is playing the season in dedication of his father, who taught him the sport and was his biggest fan.

Packers’ Aaron Jones sees big improvement in Jordan Love

With Aaron Rodgers missing from Green Bay Packers OTAs, Jordan Love is getting the first-team reps at quarterback. According to one teammate, he looks good doing it, too.

Packers running back Aaron Jones praised Love’s development Tuesday, adding that the second-year quarterback appears much more comfortable under center in 2021 compared to 2020.

“You can tell he’s just a lot more comfortable out there, even from communicating in the huddle to the command of the huddle to just everything,” Jones said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “He’s had a year under his belt, he’s had time to watch and learn, so you can tell it’s a little bit different from what it was before. He’s going to continue to grow, and I’m happy to be here working with him.”

Love has had to tune out the noise about his selection, and the lack of communication over it, being the root cause of Rodgers’ unhappiness with the Packers. It seems he’s doing so effectively, winning praise from his head coach as well for the progress he’s making.

It remains to be seen how serious Rodgers is about not playing for Green Bay again. Love would almost certainly get the starting nod if Rodgers isn’t available, and based on the early returns, it might work out decently for the Packers. Still, everyone involved will definitely want Rodgers back in the fold.

Aaron Jones agrees to four-year deal with Packers

Aaron Jones

The Green Bay Packers surprised some people when they opted to not use the franchise tag on Aaron Jones this week, but apparently they were working on a long-term extension with the star running back all along.

Jones and the Packers announced on Sunday that they have agreed to a new four-year contract. Jones’ agent Drew Rosenhaus says the deal is worth $48 million and that Jones could have gotten more elsewhere, but the 26-year-old wanted to remain in Green Bay.

While he may have been able to get more in free agency, the deal still seems like a good one for Jones. The $12 million salary is comparable to what Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook got with their recent deals. Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott are the only running backs who are now making significantly more than Jones.

Jones rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons and has played a prominent role in the passing game. He caught 47 passes for 355 yards in 2020, which is one of the reasons he is so valuable in Matt LaFleur’s offense. Jones averaged a whopping 5.5 yards per carry and has averaged 5.2 in his four NFL seasons.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling defends Aaron Jones after Packers’ loss

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Marquez Valdes-Scantling had the back of one of his teammates following Green Bay’s loss to Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Valdes-Scantling had four catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ 31-26 loss to the Buccaneers. Running back Aaron Jones barely saw a role and had just six carries for 27 yards.

Following the game, Valdes-Scantling told people to save their criticism of Jones. He backed Jones as a great teammate.

You love to see that from players. Even after losses, you have to have your teammate’s back.

But while those guys are sticking together, a big question for the Packers has to do with this man’s future.

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Refs missed horrible facemask against Packers RB Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones facemask

The Green Bay Packers lost a tough game to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and they were on the wrong end of a crucial no-call that could have impacted the outcome.

With Green Bay trailing 31-28 midway through the fourth quarter, officials missed a blatant facemask on Packers running back Aaron Jones. Jones picked up a first down on the play, but 15 yards should have been tacked on.

The Packers strung together a few more chunk plays after that, but they eventually turned the ball over on downs at the Indianapolis 34-yard-line. They went on to tie the game later and force overtime, where they lost.

You never know what would have happened if the facemask call wasn’t missed. At the very least, the Packers should have been given 15 more yards. It’s also possible Jones could have ripped off a bigger gain on the play.

Green Bay fans might argue that they were screwed on another big call, but the correct one was made in that instance. Still, they have a legitimate gripe with the Jones no-call.