Packers running backs just can’t catch a break
Despite a convincing win over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, another member of the backfield is dealing with an injury. Just one game after being called up from the practice squad, Dexter Williams is out at least three weeks with an MCL sprain.
Aaron Jones should be back at full strength next week, as he looked good against the 49ers on Thursday. Hopefully, for the Packers sake, Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon will be available as well after being placed on the COVID-19 list due to contact tracing.
Williams wasn’t expected to play much of a role moving forward
The Packers’ backfield is stacked when healthy, and Williams is at the tail end of the depth chart. So, assuming all goes according to plan in terms of the Packers backs returning from injury or otherwise, then Williams’ ailment will go unnoticed. Should they end up in another situation like this Thursday in San Francisco, however, then Williams’ absence will be an issue.
Just yesterday, Packers LB Krys Barnes and QB Jordan Love were placed on the COVID-19/reserve list as well, as the two are roommates. Barnes contracted COVID-19, and Love was in close proximity.
Even with their recent health struggles, the Packers are in a good position in the standings. While they’re still behind the Seattle Seahawks for the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Packers have a one-game lead over the struggling Chicago Bears in the NFC North. On Sunday, the Bears take on the Titans, so that lead could grow to two games.
However, Matt LaFleur and Co. would prefer the roadblocks stop there.