Green Bay Packers WR James Jones is officially listed as questionable for Week 7 after suffering a sprained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) of his knee. Jones didn’t practice all week, which doesn’t bode well for availability this week. Although he didn’t practice, he likely received nothing but treatment to his sprained knee all week. This doesn’t necessarily mean he will or won’t play, but the questionable tag doesn’t necessarily match up with his lack of participation in practice this week.
Injury Outlook: The fact that Jones got a questionable tag likely indicates that the sprain to the PCL is more of a grade 1 than anything else, which would be the lowest degree of ligamentous tearing. This ligament in particular functions to stop the tibia (lower leg bone) from translating posteriorly (backwards) relative to the femur (thigh bone). This ligament plays a big role in knee stability upon landing after jumping to catch a ball, with any task requiring controlled knee extension, and beginning acceleration after slowing down/stopping. Jones is also likely dealing with a decent amount of post-injury swelling in addition to some mild pain associated with the damage to the ligament.
One week post injury just seems to be asking too much for a guy to return to play, so expect Jones to sit this one out. Regardless of whether he plays or not, he should not be in your lineup this week, as the risk outweighs the reward.