Update, Sept 16 — The Packers elevated RB Patrick Taylor to the active roster for Week 2 vs. the Falcons. So if Jones is out, the Packers’ RB group will be Dillon, Taylor and Emanuel Wilson.
Injury report update, Sept. 15 — Aaron Jones is officially questionable with a hamstring injury. Jones didn’t practice all week, but did work in the building. He likely doesn’t need to practice to play, so we probably won’t know his true status until much closer to Sunday. A.J. Dillon would take the lead role if Jones can’t go.
Update, Sept 15 — Aaron Jones did stretch with the team on Friday, but didn’t follow them out for the start of practice, per Kassidy Hill. We’ll need to wait for the injury report to see if he ended up getting in any practice, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he is considered a game-time decision this week.
Update, Sept. 14 PM — Head coach Matt LaFleur said that while Jones didn’t practice with the team, he is certain that the running back was working inside the team’s practice facility. The fact that Jones was doing individual work inside provides a little more optimism heading into Friday.
#Packers RB Aaron Jones was a DNP at practice, but LaFleur said it was positive that he was working out inside the Don Hutson Center.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) September 14, 2023
Update, Sept. 14 — What appeared to be a minor injury has turned into one that could keep Aaron Jones out in Week 2, as he has yet to practice due to his hamstring. He will need to practice on Friday to have a chance to play this Sunday against the Falcons.
Aaron Jones and David Bakhtiari not practicing. One is more significant than the other. Might just be the way it is for Bakhtiari this season. For Jones, Sunday’s availability appearing more problematic.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 14, 2023
Christian Watson stretched but not participating in practice.
The Green Bay Packers are gearing up to take on the Atlanta Falcons this week. The Jordan Love era got off to a good start as the Packers secured the divisional win over the Chicago Bears in Week 1. Starting running back Aaron Jones picked up a hamstring injury during the game. He is starting the week not practicing.
Bakhtiari, Aaron Jones are not practicing. Quay Walker and Christian Watson are working on the side.— Bill Huber (@BillHuberNFL) September 13, 2023
Lukas Van Ness in the photo. pic.twitter.com/qZnAMg0xKI
Fantasy football implications for Week 2
Jones was his usual productive self to begin the year. He only had nine carries but had 41 yards and a touchdown. Jones added two receptions for 86 yards and another score through the air. He was out-carried by backup AJ Dillon 13 to nine, but the backup only had 19 carries. Jones would have a great matchup this week against the Falcons.
If he is unable to suit up on Sunday, Dillon will get the start. Depth running back Patrick Taylor had five carries for 22 yards in the Week 1 win. He would also see an uptick in work if Jones is sidelined.