After missing the last two games due to a hamstring injury, Aaron Jones finally returned to action for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. Unfortunately, his return did little to help Green Bay from suffering their second loss of the season, this time against NFC North rivals, the Detroit Lions.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones Returns to Action Vs. Lions
Jones made his season debut in the Packers‘ Week 1 victory over the Chicago Bears. The Pro Bowl running back injured his hamstring during that game, though, and he was forced to sit out Green Bay’s last two games.
After missing Sunday’s win against the New Orleans Saints, Jones was in a race to fitness to be ready for Thursday’s bout. He was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and was actually listed as questionable entering the showdown against the Lions.
You have to commend the 28-year-old for playing through the injury. He did not have the best of games in his return, though, going for five carries for just 18 yards.
Aaron Jones Puts Lions on Notice
It wasn’t just Jones who turned in a lackluster performance in this one, though. The entire team pretty much left a lot to be desired, and the fact that they went down 27-3 by halftime is a clear testament to this fact. Green Bay tried to mount a comeback, but the Lions held on to secure a 34-20 victory in Lambeau Field.
For his part, however, Jones did not appreciate their opponents’ antics in the game. He’s now sent Detroit a bold warning ahead of their rematch scheduled on Thanksgiving:
“Anytime it’s a North opponent, we want to show that we run the north and things like that,” Jones said, via team beat reporter Ryan Jones of USA TODAY. “The good thing is we will have another opportunity to play those guys, and it will be on their home field on Thanksgiving. So I think our guys in this locker room will really get up for that game because we don’t like how that ended, or seeming them cheer at Lambeau on the sidelines. Different things like that, it just irked us, rubbed us the wrong way. But we’ll get back to work, and there’s a lot of time between now and that game, and we’ll be a better team by then.”
Aaron Jones has clearly circled Thanksgiving on his calendar, and you can be sure that that game is going to be a hotly-contested one, to say the least.
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