Packers ‘optimistic’ Aaron Jones will play vs. Rams in Week 12

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones - Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones - Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

The Green Bay Packers‘ offense could get a huge boost today against the Los Angeles Rams.

Aaron Jones could be available just a couple of weeks after suffering a sprained MCL against the Seattle Seahawks.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Packers are ‘optimistic’ that Jones will play against the Rams today. He noted that a decision will be made during the pre-game warmups, but his chances of playing are ‘encouraging’.

AJ Dillon is more than capable of leading the way at running back should Jones miss the game, but in such an important NFC matchup, having Jones available would be huge news for the Packers.

It would also be a bit of a surprise. Jones injured his knee just two weeks ago and, with the bye next week, it would seem to make sense to give Jones an additional two weeks of recovery before returning for the stretch run of the season. But if he’s ready to go today and can play, it’s great news.

The Rams know just how important this news could be.

Rewind to January’s divisional-round game between these two teams. Jones was key to the Packers’ victory, rushing 14 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. He kicked off the third quarter with a 60-yard run, then five plays later found the end zone to put the Packers in a strong position.

We’ll have to wait until 90 minutes before kickoff today to find out the Packers’ inactives. It’s no guarantee Jones will be able to make his return this afternoon, but the fact Fowler reports the team is optimistic is certainly a good sign.

The Packers have a lot of key players out with injury. If they can get one of their star players back in one of their toughest games of the season, it will certainly help.

Stay tuned.