GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Running back Aaron Jones trained for the second straight day Thursday, going through drills with the other Green Bay Packers running backs during the open media viewing period ahead of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
The knee injury that kept Jones out of the Minnesota Vikings game last Sunday continues to be watched, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said.
“Aaron did a good job outside of practice,” said LaFleur. “Sure, we’ll see how he progresses throughout the week and see where he is on Sunday.”
Despite the absence of Week 11, Jones is still the Packers’ first runner. He has 541 yards and three touchdowns on 124 carries.
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In two of the Rams’ three losses this season, Los Angeles has allowed 150 rushing yards or more.
As for rookie center Josh Myers (knee surgery), LaFleur was cautiously optimistic about his return to action this season.
“We haven’t ruled it out,” LaFleur said. “It’s a long process in terms of coming back from this injury. We’re optimistic, but to give you a timeline, I can’t do that at this time.”
Mix of offensive lines
With Elgton Jenkins out for the rest of the season and David Bakhtiari continuing to recover from last season’s ACL injury (he was not seen in training on Thursday), the Packers must again mix up the left side of their line. Next is Yosh Nijman.
LaFleur said the third-year was prepared with the right frame of mind.
“I think it’s the same every week,” said LaFleur. “He knows he’s only one away game. Then that was the mood of every game and I think he took that to heart. I think he always prepares as if he was the starter.
Rodgers does not train
While quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to suffer from a broken toe, he does not participate in training for most of the week. He was not seen in the field on Wednesday or Thursday of this week during the media listening period.
The bulk of its preparations will come on Friday, LaFleur said.
“I would say he’s working full blast, full speed on Friday,” the coach said.
The Packers focus primarily on red zone work on Friday, but as Rodgers’ abridged training week continues to be a factor, they are adjusting to ensure their quarterback heads into the game with a complete plan to his credit.
“We will always reserve some of these rooms for him to make sure there are representatives.” I would say a lot of our practice on Friday is spent working in the red zone, ”said LaFleur. “Sure, we’ll always leave places for games that, you know, are kind of our basic downs or third downs or whatever. If he wants to represent that, we’ll make sure to include him. “