Packers news: Aaron Jones has returned to practice from hamstring injury
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Packers RB Aaron Jones has returned to practice from hamstring injury

Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is back at practice after missing over a week due to a hamstring injury.

Jones is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played 12 games, missing four games due to a knee injury. When he was on the field, he was impressive, rushing for 728 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. In addition, he hauled in 26 receptions for 206 yards and a score.

The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at UTEP, was originally selected by the Packers in the fifth round (182nd pick overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

He did well in limited action during his rookie year, totaling 448 yards and four scores on the ground while registering 5.5 yards per attempt. However, much like 2018, knee issues limited him to just 12 contests.

Jones is considered by many to be a breakout candidate heading into 2019, but only if he can stay healthy, which has obviously been a problem for Jones over his first couple of seasons and has continued to be an issue in training camp.

Meanwhile, Green Bay went a disappointing 6-9-1 this past season and missed the playoffs, marking the first time the Packers had failed to qualify for the postseason in back-to-back years since 2006. In 2017, Green Bay won just seven games and missed the playoffs, largely due to Aaron Rodgers missing most of the season with a broken collarbone.

As a result of the Packers’ struggles the last two years, Green Bay fired long-time head coach Mike McCarthy after a 4-7-1 start in 2018 and went on to replace him with Matt LaFleur this offseason.