A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- While much of the focus has been on the health of tight end Jermichael Finley -- and rightly so considering his neck injury goes beyond just his football future -- there was another important development that could help the Packers’ offense in light of the recent injury woes.
Receiver James Jones might be ahead of schedule in his recovery from the sprained left knee he sustained on Oct. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Jones did not play in Sunday’s 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns but on Monday coach Mike McCarthy said Jones could return for this Sunday’s game at the Minnesota Vikings.
“Hope so; we’ll see Wednesday,” McCarthy said. “They thought probably two, possibly three weeks was the timeline that they put on it. So James is not your normal guy. He’s genetically gifted, so we’ll see what happens.”
If no other reason than for a morale booster, the Packers could use some good news in light of how deeply the players were affected by Finley’s injury, which, according to ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen was diagnosed as a bruised spinal cord. Finley tweeted on Monday night that was released from intensive care and was able to walk to and from the shower in his hospital room.
Our ESPN.com coverage included a look at the options at tight end behind Finley. Also, with all the injured skill-position players, the Packers may rely even more on offensive and defensive lines -- which have been injury-free and playing well. And we took another look back at the win over the Browns in our Upon Further Review feature.
At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde noted that on the same day Finley was injured, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain returned to the field 10 months after he sustained a bruised spinal cord.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Weston Hodkiwiecz wrote that Jarrett Boykin and Myles White likely will see significant playing time again until Jones returns.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne noted that neck injuries have ended the careers of several Packers players in recent history, and Bob McGinn graded the Packers’ performance against the Browns in his weekly film review.