Aaron Jones and Kevin King have been ruled out for the Packers game against the Minnesota Vikings. Jones is still dealing with the calf issue that kept him out of the Packers’ win over the Texans last week, while head coach Matt LaFleur says King had a setback in his recovery from the quad injury that kept him on the sideline Sunday.
Jones first reported the calf injury a little more than a week ago, saying he didn’t think it was serious. Nevertheless, the Packers held him out of Sunday’s game, following the same conservative approach that kept Davante Adams and Kenny Clark out of the lineup as well.
With Jones out, Jamaal Williams earned a heavy workload, carrying 19 times for 77 yards and catching four passes for 37 yards in the win. A.J. Dillon, the Packers’ 2020 second-round pick, didn’t do much with Jones out, playing just 14 snaps and carrying five times. Presumably, the Packers would like to get him more involved this time around, but if Williams plays well, LaFleur may opt for familiarity over athletic upside.
Jones will now have missed at least two games in three of his four NFL seasons. He played all 16 games in 2019, carrying 236 times for 1,084 yards and a league-leading 16 rushing touchdowns, adding another three scores through the air. He has 389 rushing yards in five games so far this season.
Third-year corner Josh Jackson replaced King in the lineup against the Texans and played fairly well, though consistency remains an issue. King, for his part, has been solid if unspectacular this season. He’s been generally reliable in coverage, but has yet to record a play on the ball in 2020.