Jones (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions.
The extent of the knee injury Jones suffered in Week 16 is still not entirely certain, but it has prevented him from practicing this week and will sideline him for the Packers' regular-season finale. Jones finishes his rookie season with a pedestrian 448 yards, but he will be a player to keep in mind heading into fantasy drafts in 2018. He averaged a healthy 5.5 yards per carry and proved capable of handling lead-back duties several times during the campaign.
It was widely assumed that Jones would have a tough time making it back on the field for the season finale after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee in the Week 16 loss to the Vikings. Jones dealt with a similar injury to his right knee earlier in his rookie campaign and missed two games, so the Packers appear poised to proceed with Jamaal Williams as their lead runner in Week 17. McCarthy also noted that Devante Mays, who hasn't logged any offensive snaps in the Packers' last five games, would likely reenter the backfield mix and potentially get some carries Sunday.
Jones was diagnosed with a left MCL sprain after departing Saturday's 16-0 loss to the Vikings in the second quarter. McCarthy confirmed Sunday that the injury was similar to the one that sidelined Jones for two games earlier this season, so the rookie seems unlikely to recover in time to suit up for a mostly meaningless finale. Jones' expected absence against Detroit should leave Jamaal Williams to handle the bulk of the touches out of the backfield, with fellow tailback Devante Mays and fullback Aaron Ripkowski likely in line for only a couple of carries when Williams requires rest.
Jones injured the MCL in his left knee during Saturday's defeat to the Vikings, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
During a media session Sunday, head coach Mike McCarthy touched on Jones' health, noting he suffered a similar knee injury to the MCL sprain from Week 10. Only this time, Jones' left knee is ailing him, instead of the right one. The previous issue forced a two-game absence, so Jones' rookie year seems to be in peril. Expect clarification on his status in the coming days, but Jamaal Williams is poised to be the unquestioned lead back if Jones is shut down for the season finale.
Jones is slated for an MRI on the knee injury that forced him from Saturday's loss to the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Upon his removal in the second quarter, Jones yielded the entire backfield to fellow rookie Jamaal Williams. The upcoming examination likely will have a bearing on Jones' standing for Week 17. If caution reigns and he takes a seat, Devante Mays will act as Williams' sole backup in the season finale.
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