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Packers RB Aaron Jones will be a game-time decision against Texans after tweaking calf

The Packers’ star running back picked up an injury on Thursday and his availability will come down to the wire on Sunday.

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The Green Bay Packers — a team with a roster that already has several injured players on it — got some more unwelcome news on the injury front as their week seven game against the Houston Texans approaches. The latest report out of Green Bay is that running back Aaron Jones missed practice on Friday.

Reports emerged in the afternoon that Jones suffered a mild calf strain in Thursday’s practice, and Jones himself confirmed those reports on an already-scheduled Zoom call with reporters later on in the day. Jones said that his calf “tightened up” on Thursday and that the team’s medical staff held him out of practice on Friday as a precaution.

Notably, Jones said that he will try to play on Sunday in Houston and will do everything he can to make that happen, but that the final decision will be up to the Packers’ medical staff.

If Jones cannot play, that would leave the Packers short on offensive playmakers, particularly in the backfield. Tyler Ervin is also expected to sit once again after missing practice all week with a wrist injury, and Jones was the player who filled in for the injured Ervin on jet motion plays last Sunday. That would leave the Packers’ running back group to consist of Jamaal Williams and rookie A.J. Dillon, with a likely elevation to the active roster for practice squad running back Dexter Williams. It would be particularly disappointing for Jones to miss this game, given a tantalizing matchup with the Texans’ 32nd-ranked run defense.

Keep an eye on the injury report this afternoon, the practice squad elevations on Saturday, and the inactives list on Sunday morning for updates on Jones’ status for game time.