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Packers RB Aaron Jones thinks he has a sprained MCL

Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones left his team’s game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon due to a knee injury. Afterward, Jones said he thinks he suffered a sprained MCL, the same injury he sustained last year at Soldier Field, according to Tom Silverstein of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The ailment that Jones dealt with last season cost him two games which, coincidentally, is the exact amount of games the Packers have left.

Jones carried the ball four times for eight yards before exiting. Green Bay ended up losing the game by a score of 24-17, eliminating the team from playoff contention.

On the season, Jones has rushed for 728 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging a league-best 5.5 yards per carry. He has also 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 played in 12 games during his rookie campaign, finishing with 448 yards while reaching the end zone four times as a rusher. He also recorded 5.5 yards per attempt.

Green Bay dropped to 5-8-1 with its defeat and will miss the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 2006. Last season, the Packers went 7-9, largely due to the fact that quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed most of the year with a broken collarbone.

Last year’s absence from the postseason snapped a streak of eight consecutive playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl title during the 2010-11 campaign.

The Packers will take on the New York Jets next week before concluding their season by hosting the Detroit Lions on Dec. 30.