Defensive end Datone Jones dodged a bullet during Friday's preseason exhibition opener. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Packers Dodge Injury Bullet with Jones


I don’t know about the rest of Packers Nation, but I for one was sweating bullets when first-round pick Datone Jones went down during last Friday’s preseason exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Think about it: Two years in a row, the Packers have lost first-round picks to injury, starting with Derrek Sherrod’s broken leg in 2011 and then Nick Perry’s wrist and knee injuries last year. So when coach Mike McCarthy didn’t have any updates during his presser on Saturday, I began chewing my fingernails and sweating through my T-shirt.

Yesterday, however, McCarthy revealed that Jones’ injury would likely only sideline the defensive end for a few days, and possibly will keep him out of this weekend’s exhibition tilt against the St. Louis Rams.

Still, what an inauspicious beginning to Jones’ NFL career. Just last week, after having had an impressive camp by all accounts, Jones was seeing red and looking forward to getting his first quarterback sack.

“I’m waiting for it,” Jones told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I’m waiting for that kill shot.”
And then on Friday, about a second after the ball was hiked during his first snap as a pro, he went down in a heap after getting around Arizona rookie guard Jonathan Cooper. Luckily, it looked a lot worse than it actually was. Packers Nation held its collective breath, waiting for more bad news from a training camp that has already seen starter Bryan Bulaga lost for the season due to a torn ACL and lost wide receiver Jordy Nelson for multiple weeks due to knee surgery.
In addition, running back DuJuan Harris just returned to practice after having a cyst removed from his lung and having a knee “tweak;” Randall Cobb missed Friday’s game due to a bicep injury; second-round pick Eddie Lacy is out with a sore hamstring; and cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Tramon Williams are both hurt.
And that’s just the short list.
At this point, the players themselves must feel like they are in a twisted football version of “Final Destination,” waiting for injury to inevitably catch up with them.
What’s next? Will muscle pulls somehow become contagious? Will the team dormitory be hit by the Black Plague? Will Dom Capers step in a bucket and sprain his ankle?
Luckily, there is still nearly a month of healing time left before the regular season begins. Perhaps the coaching staff should issue lucky rabbit’s feet and four-leaf clovers to all players, at least through the final preseason game. Meantime, Packers Nation will cross its collective fingers and hope for the best.

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  • Moveguy

    Kevin, totally agree with you. The silence from MM had me very nervous. No reassurance saying it was just a mild sprain, so I was beginning to fear the worst. It is tough enough to constantly be picking in the 25 range and later in the first round, but to lose that player to injury makes it that much tougher.

  • JaKa

    Perhaps writers should dwell on the positive and eliminate the negative. Start with the thinking and once it settles down in your system, put it in writing. You’ll find things read out much nicer, affect the reader in a positive manner, which in turn gives off a positive notion of what you are all about. You will find that this year, if the Packers ever had half the talent they posses on this years team, they had a good year with that. That is to say, in other words; this team is loaded to the gills with talent. TT has a strong desire to get rid of the dog Packerland unwittingly puts on any GM that will ever take over the team. Following 40-some years after Vince Lombardi, any GM will not be getting a fair shake at their worth, as well as their accomplishments, which will always be overshadowed by a legend who, by any means shown in contemporary times, all the way back to the late 50′s, to be larger than the largest, beyond human. No I am not talking Superman. I am talking about a man much greater than Superman, I am talking Lombardi. Get it now? How can anyone accomplish more than Lombardi? Look at the numbers folks. Mr. Thompson and Mr McCarthy together have put up a set of numbers that are either on par. a small bit ahead, or a small bit behind Lombardi, so when you round off all the numbers, he”s right up to snuff with the man who is bigger than Superman. Vince Lombardi, and we can start saying in the same sentence, on the same line the two of them have been beyond any other in the game, not just in Green Bay. TT has worked up to it, in time, doing better than anyone ever thought he could, but he did. Then there is the Lombardi record book of wins and losses. Take a look at MM’s record folks. The good Lord has shined upon the Packers twice in a lifetime between these two legends. Yes TT & MM deserve the reference, in deeds matching up with the W’s & L’s, as good or better than any have all the way back to the beginning of Packers time, like, … and in the beginning… the grass was green, then there was a football. Man picked up the football and ran with it, only to be sacked like Reggie smacked them, and thrown with the pretty look Starr put on it, or the speed Favre put on it, or the accuracy Rodgers had… then there was Lambeau Field, and they won there all the time… life was good. So give credit where it’s due, folks.

    So often the ride getting there is more fun and important than the wins piling up while going down that ride, and all of a sudden; we stop and see the W’s are better than so & so, and only as good as Lombardi was. winning every game they could, in time, piling up just as good as the best ever was. Yes, that’s right folks, just as good as the best, Lombardi was. There is not any better than that now, is there?