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Packers “optimistic” Aaron Jones will play in Week 12 vs. Rams

We break down the news that Aaron Jones will return to practice on Wednesday.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) leaves the field injured in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during their football game Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis / USA TODAY NETWORK

Game day update: The Packers are optimistic that Jones will play, but still consider him a game-time decision, per Jay Glazer.

Update: Jones is being listed as questionable to play in Week 12 vs. the Rams on Sunday. He missed last week’s loss to the Vikings after being injured the week before against the Seahawks. It was initially thought Jones would have to miss multiple weeks, but now he has a chance to play this Sunday. We’ll see what his status is when inactives come out on Sunday. AJ Dillon takes a hit if Jones is able to return, but changes are Dillon will still lead the backfield.

Update: Jones recorded another limited practice Thursday and is trending in the right direction with regards to his injury. The expectation is for him to be questionable heading into Week 12’s game against the Rams.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will return to some sort of practice on Wednesday, per head coach Matt LeFleur. They will se how he feels after that initial work, so practice reports on Thursday will be useful.

A.J. Dillon has taken over while Jones has been out with an injured knee, but there is no doubt the Packers want that 1-2 punch back with Jones as the more versatile back of the two.

It’s hard to say what his chances to play will be this week, as he’s likely to be very limited today. As long as he is able to continue getting limited practices in this week, he will likely have a chance to play against the Rams.

Fantasy football implications

If Jones can end up playing, he is likely a start in fantasy, but will be riskier than usual. Dillon will likely continue to see a decent workload as the team brings Jones back.