Green Bay Packers WR James Jones remained sidelined this week as he was unable to practice at all coming off a knee injury. Jones suffered a mild sprain to his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and is expected to miss his second week in a row in Week 8. Jones appears to be doing worse this week than last week as he was initially listed as questionable last week before sitting out. Jones is officially listed as doubtful.
Injury Outlook: This time frame pretty much falls right in line with a low grade 2 sprain of the PCL as it typically takes at least 2 weeks and upwards of 6 weeks to come back from an injury like this. I don’t like the fact that he wasn’t able to do much of anything this week, but he’s clearly not ready to get back out there, so there’s no sense in trying to force him to participate when he has no chance of playing
Keep on eye on how he responds when he is finally able to get back out on the field, as that will be a telltale sign of how close he is to returning. You want to look for a slow, gradual increase inactivity level each day that goes by, which typically indicates no sign of setback or unexpected swelling in the knee. Look for Jarrett Boykin to fill in capably for Jones and have another big game this Sunday against the Vikings. As for Jones, don’t expect to see him out there for at least one more week.