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James Jones is One Tough Mother

James Jones

Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones is on his offseason tour. At a stop at some charity event near Milwaukee, Jones revealed that he played the past two weeks with broken ribs.

Two of them in fact.

Jones said he suffered the breaks against Pittsburgh in week 16 and was spitting up blood the next day. However, he still made every practice and played in two games, so the Packers didn’t have to report the injury to the league.

First of all, holy hell! I’ve cracked a rib before and I can tell you it hurts like a motherfucker. And I wasn’t going out and getting hit by a bunch of guys on Sunday.

“I pride myself on being tough,” said Jones. “I broke my ribs in Pittsburgh. But I played through it, practiced through it. You know, when you practice through it, you don’t have to put it on the injury report or none of that because I’m out there at practice every day.

“Its part of the game. You’ve got to go out there.

“There’s a lot of guys out there that’s playing with injuries that people don’t know about – and then put themselves on the line for their team.”

That’s pretty admirable, but you have to wonder if the injury had anything to do with Jones’ two drops against San Francisco. If those two drops had been catches, the Packers might well be playing this week.

You also have to wonder about Jones’ overall effectiveness in those final two games. After putting up nine catches and 84 yards against Pittsburgh, Jones was limited to six for 41 (just 6.8 per catch) against Chicago and two for 20 against San Francisco.

I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure rib injuries don’t get better when you keep pounding on them.

We’re also somewhat surprised that the Packers usually overprotective medical staff even let Jones play. We can only speculate whether that helped or hurt the team.

However, it is refreshing to see a throwback NFL guy — someone who goes out and plays through pain like a man — for a change.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Dave January 7, 2014


  2. Pack Morris January 7, 2014


  3. T Pack January 7, 2014

    Stupid. No wonder he kept dropping the ball.

    1. Phatgzus January 7, 2014

      It’s only stupid if it doesn’t work, plenty of men in history have played with broken ribs, it’s not like they affect his ability to catch the ball with his hands unless he’s about to get popped, and neither drop came in a position in which he could have been hit hard, let alone hit in the ribs. I think it’s more likel6y that the cold had more of an effect on him than anything else, fragile ribs and psyche included.

  4. Remedy January 7, 2014

    I wonder if he has a broken nose, from the ball that hit him square in the face

    1. Phatgzus January 7, 2014

      Probably, seeing as it was a rock launched by Aaaron Rodgers; probably done knocked ‘im cross-eyed too.

  5. GrnMachineCrushesQueens January 7, 2014

    He belongs… Our offense is tougher than our defense, hands down. And hands down, thats fuckin pathetic. Overhaul.

  6. You have to respect the guy’s toughness, but you also have to pity his intelligence.

  7. Cheese January 7, 2014

    “I broke my ribs in Pittsburgh.” – Derrrr, the game was in Green Bay.

    The whole medical staff should be on the street looking for jobs after this. A player breaks his ribs, is spitting up blood the day after, and they let him have a pass and play? What happened to father McCarthy not wanting to put players on the field because if they were his son…. blah, blah blah.

    1. Phatgzus January 7, 2014

      The poor medical staff just can’t fucking win, can they? Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
      For all we know he broke his floaters. Fuck, Romo played half a season with broken ribs and he has to throw the damn ball.
      I’m sure it hurts like no fucking other (thankfully haven’t had the opportunity to make that discovery), but, depending on which ribs were broken you can still play without the chance of life/career-threatening complications.

  8. Savage57 January 7, 2014

    The rib bone’s connected to the hand bone…

    I missed that line in the song.

    Sorry, JJ’s been a great WR for the Pack but those two drops were as much game-killers as Hyde’s.

    1. Phatgzus January 7, 2014

      Lol and true.

    2. Shawn January 7, 2014

      The Packers scored on the drive after Jones dropped that ball up the sideline. So, actually, that was no factor.

      Also, the defender had Jones’ left hand on the play. Tough to catch a one-handed 40 yard pass in sub-zero weather.

  9. Iltarion January 7, 2014

    JJ is the man and always has been. He won’t be a Packer next season though. If I were Detroit, I’d be calling his agent right now, and putting him on the other side of Megatron. Owieeee…

  10. Carl with a "C" January 7, 2014

    This just in: Monty busted his rib trying to lift his 3 foot skull bong…

  11. Phatgzus January 7, 2014

    I’m surprised he was allowed to play. Did he even show up on the injury report? Is it possible he didn’t tell anybody until after Sunday’s game?

  12. RodgerDat January 8, 2014

    Damn! Much respect and admiration to James. Also, I think knowing this will help me sleep better at night when replaying those 2 drops over and over in my head.

    After further review: he definitely makes those catches with healthy ribs.

  13. The Money Mike January 8, 2014

    It would be different if he didn’t have any drops, then he’d be a bad ass…but in this case he’s a dumb ass. If he was healthy then you would say “oh well he dropped them, but there was no one else better to play so be it”, but now you can say “oh he was hurt, what if a healthy receiver was in and made those catches”. Should have kept his mouth shut.

  14. geopack January 9, 2014

    One thing about Packer receivers not named Jermicheal Finley, is that they are excellent in catching the ball with their hands. Like Jerry Rice always did. JJ was definitely trying to keep those arms from extending and the ball wasn’t at that perfect body catch location. When your ribs cracked, extending your arms feels like being stabbed with a knife. I wonder if Aaron even knew his receiver was physically limited.