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James Jones "Has a Chance to Play This Week," Says Mike McCarthy

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James Jones "Has a Chance to Play This Week," Says Mike McCarthy

Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones. Photo by Corey Behnke of

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy typically offered little on the Packers' injury situation in his weekly day-after-game press conference on Monday, although he did say wide receiver James Jones has a chance to play this upcoming Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

ESPN's Adam Schefter offered similar information on Twitter earlier on Monday and added that Jones has a sprained PCL.

The news wasn't quite as promising on wide receiver Randall Cobb and outside linebacker Nick Perry with McCarthy saying they'll both miss multiple weeks.

A Packers representative confirmed Cobb's injury was to his knee and Perry's was to his foot. News outlets reported earlier on Monday that Perry had broken his foot.

Schefter added that Cobb is expected to miss two weeks.

If there's any silver lining, however, it's that no one has suggested that any of the injuries suffered on Sunday are potentially season-ending.

That does little to give solace to the Packers in the short term as they're dealing with injuries to many players who play key roles on the team: linebacker Clay Matthews, linebacker Brad Jones, cornerback Casey Hayward, running back James Starks and cornerback Jarrett Bush.

The Packers currently have only two fully healthy wide receivers on the team, and it stands to reason that they'll need to make a roster move at some point later in the week to add at least one more.

As for outside linebacker, the Packers would appear to be relying on Mike Neal as well as rookies Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer for the time being.

If the Packers were to make any more roster moves, they would have to either cut a player or place one on injured reserve in order to make room.

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Bibbon Hazel's picture

Some positive news on the injury front! I'm about to faint...

drcpackers's picture

it is a shame, but we're at the point where missing only multiple weeks is positive news.

jeremy's picture

Thank god. It's been getting to the point were I don't even want to look any Packers news.

I bleed Green More's picture

I think maybe a guy goes on IR for the year and they cut one player.

Mojo's picture

I'd be surprised if JJ plays this week. He looked pretty immobile to me and the Packers are usually pretty conservative with injuries. But stranger things have happened...

Nerd's picture

"The source indicated that Cobb nearly broke the fibula all the way through on the play. Either way, this is an injury that will force the dynamic wide receiver to sit for 6-8 weeks."

GOOD news, far as I'm concerned. It didn't damage his knee! I'll take it. Put him on conditional IR and bring him back for the playoffs.

Evan's picture

Agreed. No knee damage is a relief.

Evan's picture

Also, they're saying 4 weeks is best case and 8 weeks is worst case. So, that means short-term IR is unlikely.

MarkinMadison's picture

I don't know. Depends on how much work he can do to stay in shape as well. It may take him a couple of weeks to get back in game shape. Short-term IR may still be an option.

Mojo's picture

Thought that the way Cobb was hit that it wasn't his knee. If you're a glutton for punishment and watch it again, notice Elam hits him with his body just above the knee, although I guess this could have damaged the knee indirectly.

Regardless, this is a serious blow for the Pack. Cobb is one of the most dynamic players on the roster. Can't believe he could be back in as little as four weeks.

Idiot Fan's picture

Assuming we don't totally crap the bed in the meantime, we should be getting healthy and good right in time for a deep playoff run.

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

Sounds like Cobb has a fractured fibula if I heard right. Out for 6-8 weeks? We really need JJ in the lineup. I trust that MM can devise a lineup and gameplan to handle the Browns, but one extra of the big 3 WRs will do wonders for this team. Having Jones in would allow for so much more. Godspeed James Jones...

THEMichaelRose's picture

In 2010, all the receivers stepped up when Jermichael went down.
This year, he's going to make up for that.
I'm expecting some big time production from Finley in Cobb's extended absence.

Nerd's picture


keith carterke's picture

Have u lost your mind!!!!!

hayward4president's picture

Haha if we got Moss I'd have to consider whether or not I wanted to remain a packers fan.

Nerd's picture

Andre Rison 2.0 baby!

Favre would EAT HIS LIVER!

Evan's picture

I think Titus Young is available.

dawg's picture

Unfortunately Jones will be out a couple of games at best, worse yet, Cobb probably season ending injury w/ broken fibula.
Son of a be aatch ........

Ma Linger's picture

I would be shocked to see Cobb play again this season. Fractured bones don't heal the same on everyone and it will take some time. He will then need to get back into football shape as well.
If the Pack are in the playoff hunt maybe he comes back, if not they will scrub him this year.

MarkinMadison's picture

Jones was on McCarren's show last night and said that he felt better when he woke up, but he seemed subdued about playing this week. Of course it could all be b.s. to keep the Browns guessing. I wouldn't bet on him playing against Cleveland, but this might not cause him to miss more than a game.

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