Good news Packers fans, James Jones should return versus the Vikings.
The Packers have only been without Jones for one game, but that is all we should hope it will have to be. Without him or Randall Cobb the Packers have had to force their “next man up” philosophy, and while it has worked so far, the talent Jones brings helps the offense to stay deadly and keeps the ball out of the hands of the opposing offense.
Mike McCarthy said:
“Hope so; we’ll see Wednesday. They thought probably two, possibly three weeks was the timeline that they put on it. So James is not your normal guy. He’s genetically gifted, so we’ll see what happens.”
With all of the current injuries the Packers have sustained, especially the possibly career-ending one to tight end Jermichael Finley, the Packers could use some good news as to when they can expect another top contributor back. While the Packers play the Vikings next week, they could still use Jones to keep the Vikings from attempting to latch to Jordy Nelson and load the box to account for Eddie Lacy.
So far for the season, Jones has 20 receptions for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns. In his absence, Jarrett Boykin has had to pick up the slack, and had a big game last week with 8 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. With Cobb still out at least 6-7 weeks and Finley out indefinitely, Boykin should still expect a sizable role in the offense even if Jones returns quickly.