Packers RB Aaron Jones has been suspended 2 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. This is the result of his arrest last October for marijuana possession. Jones will be allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason but will miss Green Bay's first 2 games against the Bears and Vikings. The suspension gives RB Jamaal Williams a shot to grab the lead role and run with it. RB Ty Montgomery should also see significant action those first 2 games. Depending on how those 2 fare, Jones might struggle to get much playing time when he's reinstated for Week 3. We'll see what happens to his ADP, which is currently sitting in the 8th round, but he now looks like just a later-round flier.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He's obviously on track to play against the Cowboys this weekend, taking the air out of RB Aaron Jones' balloon. Williams has been running ahead of Jones all year and would likely lead a committee attack if RB Ty Montgomery (ribs) can't play.
The MRI on Packers RB Jamaal Williams' injured knee came back clean, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "No ligament damage, purely muscular," Schefter adds. "Could miss next game, not more." Williams will have had 10 days to get ready for Week 5 against the Cowboys. We'll track his progress. If he's available, we'd expect a committee backfield with Williams and Aaron Jones.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams went down with a knee injury in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Bears and is questionable to return. Green Bay already lost RB Ty Montgomery earlier in the game, leaving Aaron Jones and Aaron Ripkowski as their only healthy RBs.
Packers RB Ty Montgomery (leg) returned to practice on Tuesday, according to insider Tom Silverstein. He ended up missing a few practices and the 2nd preseason game with the "soft-tissue" injury. RB Jamaal Williams failed to take much advantage in that exhibition, carrying 5 times for 15 yards. Montgomery remains the heavy favorite to operate as Green Bay's lead back this season.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports that Packers rookie RB Jamaal Williams might be challenging RB Ty Montgomery's role. Williams took the 1st reps with the starters in team drills Thursday and has earned praise for his pass protection. According to Demovsky, Montgomery is still learning that area. Of course, it's not surprising that Williams would be ahead there. He has played RB for a long time, while Montgomery's in his 1st offseason at the position. We're not overreacting to one day of reps here, though. We'll see where this goes, especially as Green Bay gets into preseason games.
The Packers have released RB Christine Michael. The writing was on the wall when Green Bay drafted 3 RBs over the weekend. Michael is still only 26 but has proven to be a fantasy football tease over the past 5 seasons. The Packers also released RB Don Jackson, leaving them with Ty Montgomery and rookies Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays.
The Packers added Jamaal Williams to their backfield in the 4th round of the draft. The BYU product sat out all of 2015 but still played 4 seasons and left as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards (3,901). Williams goes 6’0, 220 pounds but tested as a 36th percentile athlete and doesn’t stand out on film. Green Bay is a nice landing spot, though, where Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael top the depth chart. Williams could earn a big-back role as early as this year.