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Packers RB A.J. Dillon fractured a rib in Saturday night's Divisional Round game vs. the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Dillon has the offseason to heal up after Green Bay lost that one on a last-second FG. He and RB Aaron Jones will be back with the Packers in 2022, making it a tricky situation to handicap for fantasy purposes.

11:31am EST 1/9/22

Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Lions. He’d likely be playing if this game meant anything to Green Bay and should be back for the playoffs. All of the Packers’ other regulars on offense are active, although it’s unclear how much guys like Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams will play.

Despite locking up the NFC's #1 seed with their win on Sunday night over Minnesota, Packers HC Matt LaFleur said Monday that he plans to play his staters vs. the Lions this weekend. "Right now the mindset is we're going to play our guys, and we're going to approach it like any other game," LaFleur said. Color us skeptical -- especially when it comes to QB Aaron Rodgers, who's still playing through that toe injury. We'll look for further updates on Rodgers, WR Davante Adams and RBs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.

2:57pm EST 11/28/21

Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) is active for today’s game vs. the Rams. He’s 2 weeks removed from spraining his MCL and was limited in practice all week. It’s completely unclear how big a role Jones will play today, leaving him as a risky fantasy play. Don’t be surprised if RB A.J. Dillon ends up with more touches.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero report that Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) is a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Rams. Pelissero says there's "some optimism" that Jones will play. Schefter says Jones "wants to play" but suggests that the Packers' Week 13 bye might factor into the final decision. This game doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET, so we won't get Green Bay's inactives until 3 pm. If you're hoping to use Jones today, you'll need a late-game alternative lined up. A.J. Dillon would go from RB1 to RB3 if Jones ends up active.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Rams. He was limited in practice all week. HC Matt LaFleur said Friday that Jones will be evaluated again on Saturday and that a final decision on his availability might not come until pregame warmups. Rams-Packers doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET, but we’ll continue to look for updates on Jones’ status.

Packers HC Matt LaFleur said RB Aaron Jones (knee) "will be on the field at practice" Wednesday, per insider Tom Silverstein. We'll see how Jones is listed on the official practice report later today, but it sounds like he has some chance to return for this weekend's game vs. the Rams. Stay tuned.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. We’ll see if he can make it back for Week 12, but a Week 14 return -- after a Week 13 bye -- seems most likely. RB A.J. Dillon should get heavy volume this weekend.

Packers RB Aaron Jones is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with a "mild" MCL sprain, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's just about the best news possible after Jones appeared to suffer a significant injury in the win over Seattle. Green Bay has a Week 13 bye, so the most likely scenario has Jones missing the next 2 games vs. the Vikings and Rams before returning in Week 14. He's worth hanging on to in fantasy football. RB A.J. Dillon, meanwhile, will be an easy top-20 RB while Jones is out.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Packers RB Aaron Jones is expected to miss "some time" with his MCL injury. He's scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Rapoport went on to say Jones could miss "a couple weeks" but also mentioned that IR could be an option. We should have a better idea of Jones' timeline for return by the end of today. A.J. Dillon will be a strong fantasy starter for however long Jones is out.

The Packers believe RB Aaron Jones sprained his MCL in the win over Seattle, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Jones is scheduled for additional testing on the injured knee. A sprained MCL would be relatively good news but would still likely cost Jones games. We should learn more tomorrow. RB A.J. Dillon will be a strong fantasy play for however long Jones is out.

Green Bay continued to hold RB Aaron Jones -- among other starters -- out of preseason action Saturday against the Jets. That left the starting spot to AJ Dillon, who handled the team's 1st carries. But rookie RB Kylin Hill got into the mix on the 1st drive and closed things out with a nice 12-yard TD run. According to Matt Schneidman, Hill has "all but locked up the No. 3 running back job" with his rushing and receiving work, as well as primary kick-return duties.

The Packers picked RB Kylin Hill in Round 7 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Hill broke out in 2019 with 242-1,350-10. But playing under new HC Mike Leach in 2020, the 22-year-old’s progress came to a halt. While he opened eyes with 23 catches (15 at Kentucky; 8 at LSU), Hill made only 3 appearances and totaled just 15 carries. He received a 1-game suspension before getting deactivated for 2 because of “personal issue,” per Leach. He promptly skipped the remainder of the season to prep for the draft. When right, Hill uses his 5’10, 214-pound frame effectively as an inside/outside runner. His 4.51-second 40 time shows good enough speed, while his 36-inch vertical (68th percentile) and 122-inch broad jump (72nd percentile) show the burst. Those traits -- plus clear pass-catching ability -- made Hill 1 of our favorite RB sleepers. Landing in Green Bay offers clear pass-catching upside in the wake of Jamaal Williams' departure. We'll see how he fares this summer. For now, Hill makes for a solid upside shot to take late in dynasty rookie drafts.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) isn’t listed on the final injury report and will return for Sunday’s game vs. the Bears. We’re curious to see how reps are split between Williams and A.J. Dillon behind Aaron Jones after the rookie’s Week 16 breakout. Neither Williams nor Dillon can be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) missed practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game vs. the Titans. His absence will leave rookie A.J. Dillon as the #2 RB -- but Aaron Jones should dominate backfield work. He set season highs with a 90% snap rate and 20 carries after Williams exited early in last week's game.

Packers RB A.J. Dillon has been placed on the COVID list. He's out for at least Thursday night's game against the 49ers. The bigger question is who Dillon was in close contact with recently. Those players may not be able to play on Thursday. We'll keep a close eye on the situation.

The Packers had a head-scratching draft, trading up for QB Jordan Love in the 1st round and taking power-back A.J. Dillon in the 2nd. They didn't draft a single WR, despite being 1 of the neediest teams in the league at the position. GM Brian Gutekunst said it's all part of the plan to be a run-leaning offense. “I think [HC Matt LaFleur has] talked to you guys repeatedly about how much he’d like to run the ball and have the pass work off of that,” Gutekunst told reporters on Saturday. Green Bay ranked 18th in run rate last season -- and it sounds like we should project them to run it more in 2020. It's all bad news for Aaron Rodgers, who might not sit in QB1 territory when release our initial projections next month.

The Packers added Boston College RB A.J. Dillon in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dillon served as his team’s workhorse in all 3 seasons on campus, registering rushing lines of 300-1,589-14, 227-1,108-10 and 318-1,685-14. His 4,382 career rushing yards and 38 career rushing scores are both school records. Dillon crushed the Combine, running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at 6’0 and 247 pounds to earn a 97th percentile Speed Score. He also posted 96th and 97th percentile marks in the vertical and broad jumps, finishing with a 97th percentile SPARQ score. Dillon doesn’t look like an uber-athlete on tape, though. He needs a runway to hit top speed and has very little wiggle. He’s also a near-zero in the passing game, totaling just 21 receptions over the past 3 seasons. Dillon joins Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in Green Bay’s backfield. HC Matt LaFleur has been hesitant to make Jones a feature back — and this pick likely means that will continue. Longer term, it's worth noting that both Jones and Williams are set to become free agents next offseason.

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