Matt LaFleur reveals whether MetLife turf will factor into Packers injury decisions

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The Green Bay Packers could have multiple injured starters available to return on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants, including Aaron Jones and Eric Stokes.

However, could the Giants' playing surface factor into the Packers' decision-making? Should it?

Many NFL players have called out the MetLife Stadium turf this season, including Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari shortly after former teammate Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles in his New York Jets debut.

Several star players have suffered ACL and Achilles injuries at MetLife Stadium in recent years. Is the turf to blame, or is it just bad luck? That's a question for the experts. Injuries happen in football, and MetLife Stadium has likely received heat for some injuries that would've happened on any surface. Is it a greater risk on this particular surface? Who knows?

But it hasn't stopped players and analysts weighing in on the MetLife turf.

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It even led to Packers head coach Matt LaFleur being asked about it on Friday.

A reporter asked LaFleur whether the MetLife turf could factor into a decision on whether Aaron Jones plays. Jones is recovering from an MCL sprain.

"Not to my knowledge. That's not something I've ever thought of," said LaFleur. "Maybe to our medical staff. It's not been part of our conversations, though."

That would suggest that if Jones is cleared to return, he will play, regardless of the surface the Packers are playing on.

Green Bay's Week 14 injury report includes 15 players. The team will likely miss Christian Watson after he suffered a hamstring injury in the win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

A number of players will likely be listed as questionable on the final injury report. If they are ready to play, it sounds like they will, and the MetLife turf won't factor into the decision-making.

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