The Green Bay Packers will not have the services of their primary return man in the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Running back Tyler Ervin suffered a rib injury in the first half and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.
In addition to returning kickoffs and punts, Ervin has been an important part of the Packers’ offense, primarily as a decoy running jet and orbit motion. Without him on the field, the Packers will need to determine if Aaron Jones will act as the motion man, as he has in the past, or if another player is better suited to that role in this contest.
Likewise, filling in on special teams will be a challenge for coordinator Shawn Mennenga. The team’s second option on returns, wide receiver Darrius Shepherd, is inactive for this game with an injury. The Packers turned to Josh Jackson on the first punt return after Ervin’s injury, a tough call considering Jackson is starting at cornerback in this game.
The Packers also saw safety Darnell Savage leave the game briefly with an injury early in the second half after tackling Jaguars running back James Robinson. Savage did return on the next defensive series, however.
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