Packers: Aaron Jones game-time decision, Robert Tonyan to play

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Packers running back Aaron Jones will be a game-time decision.

It’s still unclear whether the Green Bay Packers will have star running back Aaron Jones on the field in this afternoon’s game against the Houston Texans, but tight end Robert Tonyan looks ready to go.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Jones has made the trip to Houston but a decision won’t be made until later today. As Pelissero notes, the Packers are often cautious with injuries so Jones will need to be 100 percent to play. The best idea could be to let him recover this week so he’s ready for the rest of the season.

There’s more encouraging news for Tonyan. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Tonyan is expected to play after being listed as questionable on the injury report.

While there’s a chance Jones plays, it seems more likely the Packers will keep him out of this game. The Packers have promoted Dexter Williams from the practice squad, a possible sign they are planning to be without Jones.

Running back and returner Tyler Ervin is also out for this game, but Green Bay would still have a good depth at running back even without Jones. It would be interesting to see a 1-2 punch of Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon in the backfield.

The Packers will also be hoping center Corey Linsley and edge rusher Preston Smith can both play too. They are both listed as questionable on the injury report.

The team has already ruled out left tackle David Bakhtiari, while cornerback Kevin King and safety Darnell Savage are both listed as doubtful on the injury report.

We’ll find out who is available and who is out when the inactives are announced 90 minutes ahead of kickoff. For fantasy football managers with Jones, be sure to pick up Jamaal Williams and expect Jones to be out. Williams would be a possible top-15 RB with Jones out in a great matchup.