A cautious reaction to Datone Jones injury update
Defensive end Datone Jones. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - There was a collective sigh of relief across Packers Nation as Mike McCarthy answered questions in his post-practice press conference on Monday.
1st-round draft choice Datone Jones, who hurt his ankle in Friday night’s preseason game, is believed to be out of practice for only a couple days.
Jones left the game after one snap and the team had been relatively quiet on the extent of the injury causing speculation.
While still not more specific than calling it an ankle sprain and being vague about Jones’s availability for Saturday’s preseason game, stating that Jones should only miss a couple days has some relieved.
Some, except me.
During the Packers' 42-24 win at Houston in 2012, both Sam Shields and Nick Perry were injured and both injuries were believed to be minor.
One post game article said that Shields and Perry walked away from the game blessed.
Perry didn’t play another snap in the 2012, and Shields didn’t return to the lineup until Week 14.
Jordy Nelson was another Packers player bitten by the injury bug in 2012.
After returning from a leg injury from earlier in the season, Nelson re-aggravated his hamstring in Week 13 in a match up against the Vikings.
The injury was initially referred to as tightness and McCarthy said at the time that he didn’t think it was serious, but did say that Nelson would be hard pressed to play the following week.
Nelson missed the following three games.
Maybe Jones’s ankle injury is something small, something that if given a couple of days (and possibly the game off), it will heal.
But after the last season of small injuries turning into major hurdles, I have some doubts, and my worries won’t subside until he’s actually back on the practice field.