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Aaron Jones’ status for Week 8 vs. Vikings, revealed

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Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will be held out of his team’s Week 8 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings as he continues to recover from a mild calf strain, according to a report from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

Jones suffered the setback in a practice session and was held out of Green Bay’s Week 7 matchup against the Houston Texans. Though they were without his services in the backfield, the Packers came away with a 35-20 victory behind a four-touchdown outing from Aaron Rodgers.

Jones is believed to be recovering well, but the Packers will be cautious with their approach to his return.

Via ESPN:

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said holding him out last week “definitely helped him but he’s got to continue to improve and get better each day.” LaFleur said they won’t risk losing him long term so “we’ll be smart with him.”

Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon and Dexter Williams stepped up in Jones’ absence last week, and that’s a trend that is likely to continue until he’s fully healthy. Williams carried the ball 19 times against the Texans, racking up 77 yards and one touchdown.

Through his five games played this season, Jones has rushed the ball 75 times for 389 yards and five touchdowns. He’s an important piece of Green Bay’s offensive attack, but the team will have to make adjustments without him.

The Packers have played well this season, racking up a 5-1 record. They’ll be back in action for their Week 8 matchup against the Vikings on Sunday. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m. ET, with FOX having live broadcast coverage.