Bay Packers James Jones walks off the field after the game
against the Detroit Lions at the Lambeau Field in Green Bay
Wis., Friday, October 07, 2013.
GREEN BAY — The
last time James Jones and the Green Bay Packers played their
oldest rivals, he caught three touchdown passes in the Packers'
21-13 win over the Bears in Chicago last December.
With the Bears
coming to Lambeau Field, the timing might be right for the Packers
to get a key piece back on their injury-depleted offense.
Jones, the team's
veteran receiver who has missed the last two games with a knee
injury, practiced again Saturday and has been listed as
questionable for the Monday night game against the Bears.
"He did a
little more than yesterday, so we'll see where he is,"
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice.
Jones had limited
work on the field as the Packers wrapped up their preparations for
the NFC North matchup, and McCarthy wouldn't speculate on whether
Jones will play.
it's up in the air, but he's doing everything he can,"
Jones wasn't any
more revealing when he spoke to reporters Saturday. He put his
chances of playing at 50/50.
how my knee reacts coming in tomorrow, (hopefully) get no swelling
or anything like that," Jones said.
having Chicago next on the schedule in a prime-time game is an
incentive to resume playing.
Monday night, it is the Bears, so it'll put a little extra on
it," Jones said. "I felt better (today). I'm mostly just
going to see how it reacts tomorrow. If it reacts pretty good
tomorrow, we might have a decent shot. But if I wake up sore and
all that stuff, I don't know."
Green Bay (5-2), which has won four straight games, will continue
to be without receiver Randall Cobb (leg) and tight end Jermichael
Finley (neck) for an extended period.
of having Jones in uniform again Monday had fellow starting
receiver Jordy Nelson excited Saturday.
"To get him
back out there, it's another playmaker, another veteran
back," Nelson said. "The young guys have done a good job
of filling in for now, but you want James back in there. He had (a
league-high) 14 touchdowns last year. He's a threat every time he
gets the ball and every time he runs a route, so it's good to have
defense, which will be without outside linebacker Clay Matthews
(thumb) for at least one more game, is expected to have inside
linebacker Brad Jones available to play Monday.
Jones has missed
the last three games with a hamstring injury. He had full status
in practice the past three days and is probable for the game.
coordinator Dom Capers suggested the team would be careful about
how much Jones plays.
Brad in, we've got to monitor his reps, make sure we don't
overwork him his first game back, but I know he's excited to get
out there and play," Capers said.
a young player who has been productive as the starting replacement
for Jones with two sacks in three games, remains in the team's
plans for contributing on defense.
Jamari at times because he's certainly played well enough to
warrant getting some time," Capers said.
linebacker Nick Perry (foot) didn't practice this week and is
Shields (toes), added to the injury report, didn't practice
Saturday but is probable for the game.
stepped on (in practice) yesterday — you get one of those small
corners getting stepped on by an offensive lineman," Capers
said. "I think he was just sore today, but I think he'll be