Green Bay Packers key wide receiver James Jones was able to make his return to the practice field yesterday, which was definitely an encouraging sign for the 29-year-old San Jose State product. The Packers will have an easier time than usual against the rival Chicago Bears on Monday night due to an injury to Jay Cutler, but it’s still a critical game for them and having Jones back would be nice. ESPN NFL Nation’s Rob Demovsky reports that James Jones was also able to put in a limited practice session today and is now officially listed questionable on the Packers injury report.
Jones continues to make progress on a PCL sprain he suffered in Week 6, and it is realistic to think that he can play on Monday. The fact that he practiced today and yesterday bodes well for his status, but he’s still set to be a pure game-time decision. Consider Jones a toss-up, and I think fantasy owners need to shy away from starting Jones this week. He’s far too much of a risk as a Monday night participant, so even owners in deep leagues need to keep Jones stashed on the bench.
He could very well play, though, and it’s almost anyone’s guess at this point. If the Packers are able to get him back, then that could be rough news for Jarrett Boykin owners if Jones isn’t limited on his return. Jones had three straight games with at least nine fantasy points this season in weeks two to five, but there’s too much risk here this week.