James Jones Injury: How WR's Exit Affects Aaron Rodgers and Packers Stars
Green Bay Packers wideout James Jones went down with a leg injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens, and it's sure to alter the play of his teammates.
The team's Twitter account said he's been ruled out for the game:
Jones has led the team in receiving for two of Green Bay's first four games, totaling 178 yards against Washington and picking up 127 yards on just four catches against Detroit.
Despite often playing behind Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson as the team's No. 3 receiver, Jones has emerged yet again as one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite receivers. Heading into Week 6, he was actually second on the team in receiving, 14 yards ahead of No. 1 wideout Cobb, and had two touchdowns.
Given Rodgers' efforts to throw it toward Jones much of the time for the big play, him being out Sunday will undoubtedly turn into more targets for Nelson, Cobb and even Jermichael Finley.
But don't expect it to shake things up too much. Rodgers, like the league's best QBs, is notoriously good at getting all of his receivers involved. When Jones has a big day, it's not unlikely that another wideout will scorch the stat line as well.
Being without one of his favorite targets might throw off some of Rodgers' progressions, but he still has some more-than-capable guys on the outside who will make plays for him.
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