Jones was not placed in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury in Thursday's preseason opener against the Titans, Michael Cohen of The Athletic Wisconsin reports.
This is good news for the Packers, as a concussion could have left Jones in protocol for an indefinite amount of time. However, Jones did suffer a head injury of unknown severity, so the team will likely refrain from rushing him back onto the field.
Jones was held back by an ankle injury during mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
After a rookie season as a rotational safety racking up 71 tackles (60 solo), five pass breakups and two sacks, Jones is poised to take over as starting strong safety now that Morgan Burnett is gone. For the time being, Marwin Evans and Kentrell Brice will slot in for team drills. No timeline was given for Jones' recovery, but the injury doesn't appear long-term.
Jones projects to take over as the starting strong safety in Green Bay, Rob Demovsky
Incumbent starter Morgan Burnett signed with the Steelers on Tuesday and Jones doesn't have any serious competition to fill the opening left behind. It won't be a huge transition for Jones considering he saw a lot of playing time as a rookie, and ultimately logged the second-most snaps among Green Bay safeties in 2017 due to Burnett's injuries. However, there's room for his playing time to expand considering Burnett had logged 948 snaps as the clear starter in 2016, which is quite a jump from the 735 snaps Jones logged this past season. Barring an injury of his own, the 2017 second-rounder seems poised to build upon his inaugural stat line of 71 tackles, two sacks, five pass breakups and one interception.
Jones totaled 71 tackles (60 solo), two sacks, and an interception over 16 games during his rookie season.
Jones was relatively quiet in his rookie season, but he still managed to record the third most snaps of all Packers defenders, and he did post a 12-tackle, two-sack game in Week 3. If he plays an even bigger role in his second season, fantasy players in leagues using IDPs should recall he has that type of upside.
Jones (shoulder) practiced without limitations Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Jones was held out for a better half of Week 16's game against the Vikings, but he was still able to compile six tackles (five solo) during 30 defensive snaps. With injuries littering the Packers' secondary, Jones will likely have his number called for another hefty workload Sunday against the Lions.
|5||10/7/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/28/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|11||11/15/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ MIN||8:20 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||16||71||60.0||11||2||1||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|