Aaron Jones is one of the few players the Green Bay Packers can't afford to lose.
Jones suffered a scary-looking knee injury in the Packers' victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11. Emanuel Wilson also left the game due to injury, leaving AJ Dillon as the only remaining active running back.
Despite that, the Packers rallied to beat the Chargers after arguably Jordan Love's most impressive performance of the season. Love threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns, the Packers' first 300-yard passer in almost two years.
Immediately after the win, the attention shifted to the status of Aaron Jones, with a Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Detroit Lions only four days away.
Head coach Matt LaFleur provided an update postgame.
Packers get good news on Aaron Jones' injury
Initially, the worry was that Jones had suffered a season-ending injury. But Matt LaFleur provided an encouraging update after the game.
"I don't think it's long-term," said LaFleur. "It really looked bad. I was really concerned seeing it live. I didn't see a replay or anything. Seeing it live, it did not look good. He's in good spirits. Hopefully, it's just a short-term deal."
The important takeaway is LaFleur revealing that he isn't concerned long term. Had Jones suffered a torn ACL or a similarly bad injury, the Packers would know by now. There wouldn't be any talk of a potential short-term issue.
Even if Jones can't play on Thursday against the Lions, LaFleur's update provides reason for optimism. After the Thanksgiving game, the Packers get a mini-bye before hosting the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13.
It's too early to know the full severity of the injury and how long Jones will miss, but it doesn't sound like he will be out for too long, which is incredible news.