After spraining his ankle in the Green Bay Packers preseason opener, rookie defensive lineman Datone Jones returned to practice this week in hopes that he’d get his first extended look with the team in Friday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
These plans may have been thwarted today in practice.
Earlier today, it was reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein that Jones left practice early with an ankle injury.
Mike McCarthy: Datone Jones stepped off the field, looked like he rolled his ankle. It’s the same one.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) August 21, 2013
This is not good news for the first-round pick. Fans are still waiting to see what Jones can bring to the Packers defense. It’s undetermined at this point whether Jones’ injury is serious, but it’s still something to keep an eye on. Silverstein later wrote in his column that the rookie defensive lineman’s injury doesn’t appear to be too serious, but he’s still questionable for Friday night’s game.
It appears we’re going to have to wait another week before seeing what Jones can do. It would be better for the Packers to play it safe and rest Jones before the season. They don’t want this injury to be something that lingers for the rest of the year and seriously prohibits the rookie’s performance on the field.
In other injury news, the wide receiver position is getting a little healthier, and it’s about time.
Randall Cobb participated in a few warmups in practice today, but he didn’t put the pads on and play in any contact drills. However, Coach Mike McCarthy did say in his press conference that both Cobb and Jordy Nelson are close to returning to the team.
Rob Demovsky, the Packers beat writer for ESPN, did tweet out that Cobb could play against Seattle.
MM: Cobb was in a limited practice mode today. Has a chance for Friday. Randall and Jordy are both close.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 21, 2013
Both Cobb and Nelson should at least be ready for the regular season opener in San Francisco.
Rookie wide receiver Charles Johnson also returned to camp today for the first time in almost four weeks. Johnson is a seventh-round draft pick that is now buried on the depth chart at wide receiver. The other seventh-round receiver, Kevin Dorsey, also just recently returned to practice after sitting out a majority of camp. Both Johnson and Dorsey have a ways to go in the remaining week and a half of camp to surpass Tyrone Walker, Myles White, and Jeremy Ross for a roster spot. However, if they show enough promise they may be stashed on the practice squad this season.
The only other injury news for the day was that Aaron Rodgers returned to practice after missing yesterday due to an illness (cold), and Andy Mulumba, the undrafted outside linebacker who is having strong camp, missed practice because of a knee injury.
We’ll keep you updated if there is any more training camp news coming out of Green Bay.
Stay tuned . . .