GREEN BAY – James Jones isn’t ruling out the possibility of playing Sunday night at Minnesota, but the Green Bay Packers wide receiver said Wednesday that he won’t rush back after suffering a knee injury against Baltimore on Oct. 13.
Jones, who had caught 20 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns when he injured his left knee in the first quarter against the Ravens, did not play last Sunday against Cleveland and did not practice Wednesday.
The Packers are without wide receiver Randall Cobb for at least the next seven games after he broke his right leg against the Ravens. Cobb is on the injured reserve list with a designation for (possible) return and isn’t eligible to play in a game until Dec. 15 at Dallas.
“It’s been progressing every day. If it was the Super Bowl, maybe I’d go,” Jones said as he wandered through the locker room during the time open to reporters. “It’s getting better every day. I’m in there working hard, so hopefully we’ll see what happens this week.
“I’m working hard, when it’s the right time, I’ll be back – this week, next week, the week after, the week after that, I’ll be back.”
Jones said he feared the worst at the time of the injury, which happened when he was kicked in the knee. But he managed to avoid major structural damage and has a sprained lateral collateral ligament.
“I really don’t know how long the process is going to be. When you’re dealing with a knee injury, you never know how long it’s going to be, how early you can come back. We’ll see what happens,” Jones said. “When you come back you want ot make sure you’re at your best, you don’t want to reaggravate an injury and now you’re out longer, so you want to come back at the right time, when you feel healthy.
“Wrong place, wrong time, man. That’s how a lot of injuries happen. You know when you signed up for football you signed up for injuries.”
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