The Green Bay Packers held a non-padded practice on Friday leading up to their Monday Night Football showdown against the New York Giants. As a reminder, the Packers won’t release their final injury report of the week until after Saturday’s practice, due to the nature of them having a game a day later than their usual schedule.
On Friday, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur stated that running back Aaron Jones is “getting better” during his press conference. Jones, along with cornerback Jaire Alexander, are the two players whose returns could make the biggest impacts this week.
Jones has been dealing with an MCL sprain, which happened against the Los Angeles Chargers earlier in this season. Up until this week, Jones has not practiced with the team. Now, Jones has participated, although on a limited basis, in back-to-back practices to start the week — including a padded practice on Thursday.
Jaire Alexander makes clear he’s itching to get back on the field: “If I can play, I’m going to play.”— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) December 8, 2023
No guarantees for Monday, however.
In the locker room after practice, Alexander, who is dealing with a shoulder injury that he compared to the one he previously suffered in 2021, made it clear that he wants to push through pain if the medical staff clears him to play. Whether he will or won’t play is still uncertain at this point. Alexander has been a limited participant in practice this week, as he was last week.
There were relatively few changes on the injury report between Thursday and Friday, with the most notable being left guard Elgton Jenkins (shoulder) being a non-participant. LaFleur claimed that the team was simply “being cautious with him” today, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise after the Packers had a padded practice on Thursday.
Along with Jenkins, the only other non-participants in practice on Friday were inside linebacker Quay Walker (shoulder) and receiver Christian Watson (hamstring). The limited participants, beyond Jones and Alexander, were inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (neck), running back AJ Dillon (groin), outside linebacker Rashan Gary (shoulder), safety Jonathan Owens (knee), receiver Jayden Reed (chest), safety Darnell Savage (chest) and defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt (elbow).