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Packers’ Aaron Jones inactive vs. Texans due to calf strain

Aaron Jones, Packers

The Green Bay Packers will not have running back Aaron Jones (calf strain) against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Jones will be inactive.

Jones had been listed as questionable after suffering the injury in practice on Thursday. On Friday, he said he was “confident” he would be able to play and he traveled to Houston, but clearly the team felt otherwise.

Green Bay (5-1) is looking to bounce back from a humbling loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. After opening up the game with a 10-0 lead, the Packers offense was stifled for the final three quarters as Tampa scored 38 unanswered points.

Jones had just 15 yards on 10 carries in Week 6 against the league’s top-ranked run defense — by far his least productive outing of the 2020 season. Through the first four games, the fourth-year tailback posted was averaging 93.5 yards per game and 5.75 yards per rush. In total, he’s followed up his 1,084-yard, 16-touchdown breakout 2019 campaign with 389 yards and five rushing scores for the Pack this season. He’s also caught 18 balls for 161 yards and two more TDs.

Fortunately for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, the 1-5 Texans rushing defense ranks dead last in the NFL. The Texans are surrendering 177.5 yards per game on the ground heading into Week 7.

Halfbacks Jamaal Williams and rookie A.J. Dillon should see more looks in Jones’ absence. Williams has 46 touches (carries + receptions) for 261 yards on the season. Dillon — whom Green Bay drafted in the second-round — has 13 touches for 65 yards.

The Packers also promoted running back Dexter Williams from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.