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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Packers are "hopeful" RB Aaron Jones (calf) will be active for tonight's game against the 49ers. A final decision won't be made until warmups, though. And Rapoport adds that Jones "may end up being a limited role." It sounds like the absences of RBs Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon might be pushing Green Bay to get Jones back out there. We'll see if he's up when inactives come out around 7 pm ET and if we hear anything about his expected role. As of now, we'd consider Jones a risky Week 9 fantasy play.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) was listed as a limited practice participant all week and is officially questionable for Thursday night's game vs. the 49ers. It's possible Green Bay pushes him back out there with RBs Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon out for this one. If Jones sits out, it'll be Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams in the Packers' backfield. We'll get the inactives around 6 pm ET tomorrow.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's "pessimism" about Packers RB Aaron Jones' availability for Thursday night's game against the 49ers. The team continues to be cautious bringing him back from that calf injury. With RBs Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon both out, it looks like Green Bay will be rolling with RBs Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin, who have combined for 15 NFL carries. ESPN's Rob Demovsky tweeted today that Williams "has given them no reason to trust him" and that the Packers could "use a short pass game w/ Ervin to act as runs."

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.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) is out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. He remained sidelined in practice all week, so consider him iffy for a Week 9 return. RB Jamaal Williams gets another game as Green Bay’s lead back on Sunday. He played 89% of the offensive snaps and racked up 19 carries with 5 targets last week.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) remained sidelined on Thursday. It's looking like he'll miss this weekend's game vs. the Vikings, giving Jamaal Williams another game as Green Bay's lead back.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. He was seemingly close to playing against the Texans this past weekend, but this obviously isn't a great start for his chances of returning for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Check back tomorrow for another update.

11:10am EDT 10/25/20

Packers OLB Preston Smith (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Texans. He's a low-level IDP but available if you had him in your plans.

11:10am EDT 10/25/20

Packers RB Aaron Jones is inactive for today’s game against the Texans. He suffered a mild calf strain on Thursday and reportedly wanted to play today. But the always-cautious Packers medical staff is holding him out. We’ll see if Jones can make it back for Week 8. Jamaal Williams figures to lead the Green Bay backfield today and is a strong fantasy play. Rookie A.J. Dillon should also take on an expanded role in the running game and is a RB3 or flex option in non-PPR leagues.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) remains a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Texans, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Jones made the trip to Houston and is pushing to play. But "if Jones isn't 100%, he won't go," Pelissero adds. We're still betting on Jones being inactive but will find out for sure around 11:30 am ET.

Packers beat writer Ryan Woods tweets," The plan is for [Aaron] Jones to not play v Texans." Jones reportedly believes he can play, but the team is expected to play it safe. Jones' absence would leave Green Bay's backfield to Jamaal Williams, A.J. Dillon and practice-squad call-up Dexter Williams. Jamaal is a virtual lock to handle the pass-catching work and is the odds-on favorite to lead the backfield in carries. Check out our updated projections for the Packers backfield.

Packers RB Aaron Jones suffered a "very mild calf strain" in Thursday's practice, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Jones didn't practice on Friday. "Jones wants to play Sunday against the Texans but sounds like it'll be a game-time decision," Pelissero adds. Packers-Texans kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday, so we'll know whether Jones is playing by noon. He'll be virtually impossible to bench in this plus matchup if he's active. If not, Jamaal Williams would likely lead Green Bay's backfield, with rookie A.J. Dillon also taking on an expanded role.

Update: Jones is officially listed as questionable.

Packers DT Kenny Clark is inactive for tonight's game against the Falcons. He's been out since suffering a groin injury in Week 1. CB Jaire Alexander and OLB Za'Darius Smith are active and available for IDP lineups.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander (hand, knee) popped up on the injury report Saturday as questionable for Monday night's game against the Falcons. He missed practice Saturday after practicing in full Thursday and Friday. Don't wait for him Monday night unless you have a replacement from the same game. DT Kenny Clark (groin) and OLB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) are questionable for the game. Each put in limited practices all week. Clark has been out since suffering his injury in Week 1 and doesn't make for a great IDP bet. Smith is worth waiting for if you were planning to start him and have insurance available. Falcons LB Foye Oluokun looks like a potential replacement option.

Packers DT Kenny Clark (groin) is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Saints. He left Week 1 early and then missed last Sunday's game. The late start for this one means you should go in another direction for your IDP lineup, if you can do so.

The Packers have ruled DT Kenny Clark (groin) out for Sunday's game against the Lions. "I know he's doing everything in his power to be back as soon as possible but he won't be able to play this weekend," HC Matt LaFleur said after Friday's practice, according to the team website. We'll see about Clark's status heading into Week 3.

Packers DT Kenny Clark left Sunday's game at Minnesota in the 1st half with a groin injury. The team has ruled him out for the game. We'll see about the seriousness of the issue beyond that.

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.

The Packers traded up to select Utah State QB Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. This comes 15 years after Green Bay drafted Aaron Rodgers to sit behind Brett Favre. Love is much more project than NFL-ready prospect. He has prototypical size (6’3, 224 pounds), a big arm and tested as a 76th percentile athlete at the Combine. “He has the most physical upside of any of [this year’s QBs],” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. But Love is coming off an ugly 2019 campaign that saw him post a 62% completion rate with 20 TDs and 17 INTs. His 70.6% adjusted completion rate ranked 67th among draft-eligible QBs, according to Pro Football Focus. He also ranked 101st in PFF’s turnover-worthy play rate. In his defense, Love was much better with a stronger supporting cast back in 2018, tallying a 64% completion rate with 32 TDs and just 6 INTs. There’s big ‘bust’ potential here. But if Love hits, his combination of arm and athleticism will give him exciting fantasy upside. He’ll obviously sit behind Rodgers for now. Rodgers is 36 years old and has 4 years remaining on his current contract.

The Cardinals have agreed to a 1-year, $8.5 million deal with LB De'Vondre Campbell, according to Drew Rosenhaus' agency. That likely installs Campbell as the ILB starter next to Jordan Hicks, a spot that saw Haason Reddick and Joe Walker take turns last season. Campbell finished 12th among fantasy LBs in 2019 (depending on your scoring format). Don't bet on a repeat of that. But Reddick did open 2019 performing as a top-20 fantasy LB, which displays the upside to Campbell's likely new role. Expect him to land in mid-to-high LB3 territory in our 2020 IDP rankings. Reddick, meanwhile, looks like a safe drop in most dynasty leagues. He has yet to sustain a starting role through 3 years, and the Cardinals have moved on from the coaching staff that was around when Arizona drafted him in Round 1.

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