It should come as no surprise to Green Bay Packers fans that safety Josh Jones has chosen to show up for work this week. The third-year player skipped the team’s entire voluntary workout period, including OTA practices, in the hopes of communicating that he wanted out of Green Bay.
The team’s front office and coaching staff received the message loud and clear. However, that does not mean they intend to grant Jones his wish.
Unsurprisingly, when mandatory minicamp began on Tuesday, Jones was in attendance. Facing the prospect of nearly $90,000 in fines — more than 10 percent of his 2019 base salary — Jones would be making quite a financial sacrifice had he continued to stay away from the Packers’ facilities. However, although Jones is present at practice, he was not actually participating on Tuesday.
There are multiple possible reasons for Jones not participating. First, he could be injured and the team may be keeping him off the field for precautionary reasons. He also may be uninjured but not yet in game shape, as the team’s strength and conditioning staff has not been able to keep an eye on his workouts in recent weeks. Finally, there could be a modicum of punishment in play here — the team may be forcing Jones to watch from the sidelines rather than participate as a means of sending a message to him that he needs to cooperate.
UPDATE: GM Brian Gutekunst told reporters after practice that Jones had a hamstring injury, which is why he did not practice.
The Packers have two more minicamp practices scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.