GREEN BAY, Wis. (WGBA) — Packers running back Aaron Jones returned to practice Saturday for the first time since July 30.
Jones had been out because of hamstring tightness for nearly two weeks, but said he could have played if the Packers were preparing for a regular season game.
“I wanted to be out there every day,” Jones said. “But it’s a long season so I appreciate the rest. As a running back, you take a lot of pounding, so I’m not against (days off).”
While Jones did return, he was limited. He went through individual drills alongside his teammates, but did not participate in any 11-on-11 team activities.
Fellow running back Jamaal Williams is still out, also with a hamstring injury. Without Jones and Williams, the Packers have been using rookie Dexter Williams and Tra Carson with the first team offense.
Matt LaFleur has not expressed any concern over Jones’ or Williams’ injuries. The Packers head coach said he is excited to have the versatile Jones back in the mix.
“He’s a great player and it’s always good to have him back out on the field,” LaFleur said following Saturday’s practice. “We’ll slow integrate him back into what we’re doing.”
Jones did not indicate whether or not he will play in Thursday’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.