Datone Jones will probably never play again. Morgan Burnett might play this week.
The Green Bay Packers released their injury report for Sunday’s game with the Saints and Jones is listed as out, which means he’ll miss his third straight game with an ankle injury. Jones practiced on Thursday, but coach Mike McCarthy said he obviously wasn’t ready to play, on Friday.
The news is better for Burnett, who has an injured calf. Although he didn’t practice this week, he’s listed as questionable.
Cornerback Tramon Williams was listed as questionable last week and he ended up playing, so there’s seemingly a decent change Burnett will go this week.
“Morgan was in here bright and early [going] through the treatments,” McCarthy said. “He’s obviously going through the Friday routine defensively with the walkthroughs and the classroom… plus it’s a night game, too. We have more time.”
If Burnett doesn’t go, either Micah Hyde or Sean Richardson would step in to start next to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
In other injury news, running back James Starks, who has a sprained ankle, is listed as probable. Cornerback Sam Shields, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury, is listed as doubtful. That’s an improvement from last week, when he was listed as out, but we don’t expect him to play.
“Datone Jones will probably never play again”.
I can’t tell if you’re serious about Jones’ injury, or if you feel like he’s just not a good player and therefore should just be kept out.
I get that Jones wasn’t much help last season, but he’s turned a corner this year. He’s an effective player, he just hasn’t stayed healthy. Give the guy a chance.
I was thinking the exact same thing…. It usually takes the D line guys more than just one season to develop the skill set and strength they need to succeed at this level. I am still hopeful that our young guys are going to keep improving. I also think that our only two real weak spots right now are ILB and TE, both of which I am sure Big Ted will address in this next draft.
Be even the TE’s and the ILB’s can be better by season’s end. Richard Rodgers will never be Jermichael Finley, nor Brandon Bostick. But if Bostick can just convince the coaches to continue to let him play, and if Rodgers can develop like he has, we could have a capable TE corps.
Sam Barrington and Jamari Lattimore, so far, have looked like capable starters, and will only get better. And Letroy Guion is playing extremely well the last three weeks.
So no playmakers in those positions, but they certainly look like solid contributors.