The Packers defeated the Rams last night 24-12. A big part of the offense was RB AJ Dillon. He only had 36 yards rushing but his two touchdowns near the goal line proved useful. On the one touchdown run, he showed his power and bulldozed defenders on his way to the endzone. The concern came when he left the game and went to the locker room. It was reported that he was being evaluated for a concussion. On Tuesday, head coach Matt LaFleur provided an update on AJ Dillon.
AJ Dillon has cleared concussion protocol, Matt LaFleur says.
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Matt LaFleur’s Update On AJ Dillon
Packers fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Dillon has cleared the concussion protocol. The NFL has been watching concussions closely this year so it is not surprising that Dillon exited the game. Any time there is even a possibility that a player might have a concussion, they are pulled from the game. The question then becomes how long it will take them to clear the protocols. With Dillon already clearing the protocols, it means that his status for Sunday is not in question.
Dillon’s Late Season Resurgence
The start of the season was not great for Dillon. Many were lamenting Dillon’s regression from last season. However, he has turned it around in the last couple of games. He is looking like the back from last year. Dillon is using his size to impose his will during his runs. Especially during these cold months, trying to tackle Dillon is difficult. If the Packers are going to make a run in the last three games, they will need the bruising running of AJ Dillon to lead the way.
This is a positive update on AJ Dillon. The Packers have a tough road test against the Dolphins on Christmas Day. I expect there to be a heavy dose of running with both Dillon and Aaron Jones.