After consecutive poor showings by outside linebacker Erik Walden against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, the Packers inserted Brad Jones into the starting outside spot opposite Clay Matthews today at practice.
While Walden was rotated in later on during a no-huddle period, it seems safe to assume the Packers are looking to Jones to provide some kind of spark across from Matthews after watching Walden's play deteriorate over the last month or so.
Jones is coming off his most extensive action of the season in the Packers victory over the Lions this past Sunday when he registered the only sack against Detroit's Matthew Stafford. Jones' overall play on Sunday, while not outstanding, was at least consistent enough to earn the trust of the coaches, who, to be honest, are grasping at straws opposite their star outside linebacker.
It remains to be seen how much, if any, playing time rookie Vic So'oto might get in the playoffs, but its a good bet defensive coordinator Dom Capers will want to stick with veterans Jones, Walden and Frank Zombo before resorting to putting So'oto on the field. With the Packers seemingly returning to health, there's also a good chance So'oto will be inactive on game day.
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