The Packers have listed Aaron Jones as questionable for Week 9.
This would be the perfect time for Jones to make his return from injury as the next two running backs on the depth chart, Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon, have been ruled out for this week’s game as they have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
However, Jones is questionable to play in tomorrow night’s game.
Jones suffered a calf injury in practice a couple of weeks ago, which has caused him to miss two games. Despite the injury being considered minor, the Packers haven’t been willing to rush him back too soon with the risk of making the injury worse. No matter the current situation at running back, expect them to take on a similar cautious approach.
Jones will need to be back to 100 percent to have any chance of playing against the 49ers, it would seem.
So, what happens if Jones misses the game?
Assuming Tyler Ervin is healthy, he’d likely see an increase in snaps out of the backfield. Ervin would provide the Packers with a good pass-catching option, although it remains to be seen how many carries Matt LaFleur would give him.
The other move to make would be to promote Dexter Williams from the practice squad.
It won’t be a surprise if LaFleur uses the short passing game as a substitute for the run game, but when Aaron Rodgers does hand the ball off, it’d likely be to Williams mostly with Ervin providing a similar to role as normal with his pass-catching ability.
Clearly, the Packers offense is better with Jones. Now being without Jamaal Williams and Dillon is concerning.
There’s still a chance Jones will play, but we’ll have to wait until game time to find out.