Packers Morning Buzz: Aaron Jones' injury history a red flag
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The Packers (4-4-1) have a quick turnaround this week for their next game, playing at Seattle (4-5) at 7:20 p.m. Thursday.
We'll start with Pete Dougherty writing that the Packers need to keep making Aaron Jones a focal point of their offense, but there's injury risk involved.
The big question, though, is whether Jones’ body will hold up as the grind gets tougher and the load heavier in the season’s home stretch. He was ripping off so many good runs Sunday that he only needed 15 carries to put up 145 yards, and then McCarthy was able to get him out of the game for much of the fourth quarter because the Packers had a big lead.
But it’s not often going to be like this. At Seattle this week, or maybe at Minnesota the weekend after, the Packers might need to him to run the ball 20 times. Will he hold up?
It’s a legitimate question. You can be sure one of the reasons McCarthy has been slow to make Jones the clear-cut primary back is to keep him healthy, because Jones’ injury history is a big red flag. He missed most of his 2015 season at UTEP because of a dislocated ankle. Last year as a rookie with the Packers he sustained MCL sprains in each knee that limited him to 12 games. Then this year he missed three weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.
Jones is listed at 208 pounds but said he’s actually more like 198. Compare that to the running backs who lead the league in carries: Todd Gurley is 224 pounds, James Conner 223, Kareem Hunt 216 and Ezekiel Elliott 228. They’re much better built for the punishment.
You can read Pete's entire column here:
With the Packers set to make their first visit back to Seattle since the 2014 NFC title game debacle, Tom Silverstein writes about ongoing special teams woes:
Pete and Tom talk with Olivia Reiner about how long the Packers can ride Jones' running while also keeping him healthy:
Ryan Wood writes about Davante Adams rapidly taking his place among the game's elite:
Adams talks about how things change for him when the Packers enter the red zone:
Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler's gifts helped, but the Packers' defense stood tall in some difficult circumstances as well, writes Jim Owczarski:
Our Packers Insider gives thumbs up to the pass rushers, and thumbs down to the schedule makers:
Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers express support for victims of the California wildfires:
Rodgers had some fun talking about Packers fans doing the wave:
It truly was a special game for Packers safety Raven Greene, who had a sack and gained 26 yards and a first down on a fake punt:
Here are all the Packers-Dolphins video highlights:
The Saints showed respect for injured teammate Dez Bryant:
And the Saints look to be ready to sign another veteran free-agent receiver:
The Bears got a big game from free-agent receiver Allen Robinson, whom the Packers also pursued in the offseason:
The MMQB looks at a wild day across the NFL:
The NFL Network serves up every touchdown from every Sunday afternoon game:
And finally, this celebrity sighting at the Rams-Seahawks game stood over the rest: