Coming into Week 15 of the NFL regular season, perhaps no running back in the league was hotter than Aaron Jones. Jones put up at least one touchdown in five consecutive games and six of his last seven games for the Green Bay Packers. That all changed with one play on Sunday at Soldier Field in a 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Jones suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return to the game. UTEP’s all-time leading rusher had just four carries for eight yards before heading to the bench.
“I just planted and some contact came in from the backside. He hit me and I just felt it. I called for a sub and that was that,” said Jones. “It was very frustrating. You want to be out there with your guys in the biggest game of the season for us and I just felt like I left those guys out there.”
Jones sustained a similar injury in Chicago last season that was diagnosed as a torn MCL. He missed two games as a result.
The Packers have not disclosed this injury, but according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Jones is believed to have suffered a sprained MCL to the same knee.
#Packers RB Aaron Jones, who was declared out vs. the #Bears, is believed to have suffered a sprained MCL, source said. The injury for the up-and-coming back is not considered serious.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2018
The injury is not considered serious, but with just two games remaining in the regular season, you have to wonder if the Packers will put Jones back on the field this season after being eliminated from the playoffs.
If it was the last time we saw the El Paso native on the field in 2018, he will have finished with 720 rushing yards, 206 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns on the season.