Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/22/13
It appears a Green Bay Packers offense missing several proven playmakers soon could have wide receiver James Jones back in the fold. Whether that’s in time for Sunday’s game in Minnesota is uncertain but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said during his Monday news conference he’s hopeful the 29-year-old receiver will be back in the coming weeks. Jones missed his first game in nearly five years Sunday a 31-13 win over Cleveland because of a knee sprain he sustained in a 19-17 win over Baltimore. “Hope so. We’ll see Wednesday” McCarthy said of Jones’ status for this week. “They thought probably two possibly three weeks was the timeline that they put on it. So James is not your normal guy. He’s genetically gifted so we’ll see what happens.” The Packers managed without Jones’ production on the perimeter partly because of second-year receiver Jarrett Boykin’s career day — eight catches for 103 yards and his first NFL touchdown. Still they’ll need all able-bodied receiving options after losing tight end Jermichael Finley to a reported bruised spinal cord injury throwing another wrench into an offense already playing without Randall Cobb (broken fibula) until at least Week 15. Without Cobb Finley’s athleticism afforded the Packers an extra receiver on the perimeter at times but now it likely means another healthy dose of Boykin (69 snaps) and rookie Myles White (one catch for 9 yards on 47 snaps). Boykin struggled in relief of Jones against the Ravens with two drops against one reception off a bubble screen but seemed to settle in after being incorporated early into the offense. “I just think because it was his first start and he had a few drops last week it was important for him to come out and do well” Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. “There are some guys that I’ve been with in my career that if they don’t get the ball early they go into the tank a little bit. But he’s certainly not like that.” Despite Finley’s current situation McCarthy seemed optimistic the Packers won’t be as hard-pressed to find healthy bodies as last week when he estimated he had only 44 healthy options on the active roster.
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