Brad Jones, whose natural position is at outside linebacker, is getting some work at inside linebacker this week, head coach Mike McCarthy said during his Thursday press conference.
Just like Wednesday, neither A.J. Hawk nor Desmond Bishop––the typical starters on the inside––practiced today, leaving the Packers thin at the position.
Presumably, D.J. Smith and Robert Francois, who replaced Hawk and Bishop in last Thursday's Packers-Lions game when both starters left with calf injuries, practiced with the first-string defense in their place.
During training camp it was speculated that Jones might get some time at inside linebacker after Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar were cut, affecting the Packers' positional depth.
It was an idea that never materialized at the time, but the recent spate of injuries has forced Green Bay to be ready in case neither Hawk nor Bishop can go or more injuries occur.
Jones has been active for every game this season except one, though he's played sparingly on defense. All the action Jones has received has come as a reserve at outside linebacker where he has five tackles on the year.
He is, however, a core special teams player, tied for second on the team with nine tackles in that department this season, and a good bet to be active on Sunday in the upcoming game against the New York Giants.
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