The Green Bay Packers got back one of their star players today when running back Aaron Jones (knee) returned to practice. Jones has previously missed two weeks of practices, following his MCL sprain against the Los Angeles Chargers.
It’s worth noting here that the Packers had a padded practice on Thursday, so the team probably was more conservative today than they will be on either Friday or Saturday. The non-participants in practice on Thursday were receiver Christian Watson (hamstring), inside linebacker Quay Walker (shoulder) and safety Darnell Savage (chest). Savage momentarily left last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, a game that Watson did not finish. Watson’s status for this week’s game against the New York Giants is up in the air, as he’s had a history of hamstring injuries at this point.
Along with Jones, his fellow limited participants in practice were running back AJ Dillon (groin), receiver Jayden Reed (chest), left guard Elgton Jenkins (shoulder), defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt (elbow), outside linebacker Rashan Gary (shoulder), inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (neck), cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) and safety Jonathan Owens (knee). Alexander was also a limited participant throughout last week’s practices, but he still wasn’t able to suit up against the Chiefs. Every other player on the limited participants list played for the Packers versus Kansas City.
Notable full participants in practice today were tight end Josiah Deguara (hip) and cornerback Eric Stokes (hamstring). Deguara has missed the past few weeks, which has led to practice squad fullback Henry Pearson being called up to the gameday roster. With Deguara, presumably, healthy, the veteran tight end should fill back in his role as an off-ball player.
Stokes still has until late next week to come off of the injured reserve, but it seems like he might finally be ready to return to the field. Previously, Stokes began the season on the physically unable to perform list before pulling his hamstring on a special teams snap in his first game back in 2023. Whenever Stokes is activated to the 53-man roster, the team will need to make a corresponding roster move to make space for him. Currently, the team carries seven cornerbacks, meaning a cut at the position is very possible.