Packers’ RB Aaron Jones appears to have dodged a major injury after the x-rays on his ankle came back negative for fractures.
Jones left Sunday’s loss to Detroit midway through the third quarter, jogging to the locker room. Shortly afterward, he returned to the sideline in uniform but he did not reenter the game. After the final whistle, Jones was seen with a walking boot and what both teammates and media members described as a “noticeable limp.”
Initial x-rays were inconclusive, which stirred up more concern than it did relief. Luckily, he underwent an MRI and CT scan that showed no fractures. That being said, his status for Week 10 against the Cowboys is still questionable.
Green Bay is currently on a five-game losing streak, and with only eight games remaining in the season they need all the help they can get. Currently, their chances to make the playoffs are at 16%. A loss to Dallas would sink those odds down to just 7%, meaning if they think Jones can suit up, it’s likely he will.
Our algorithm calculates this to be a Grade 1 ankle injury, but he’s still 13 days away from Optimal Recovery. Currently, his Injury Risk is High (26%) and his Health Performance Factor is Below Average (43%). Those numbers will get marginally better by Sunday, but not good enough that we’d be confident in him.
If he does play in Week 10, expect A.J. Dillon to get the majority of carries and for Jones to be on a snap count, or used more in the passing game.