It seems like some teams are just hit harder with the injury bug than others. For instance, the Green Bay Packers have been decimated by injuries this offseason and now Datone Jones is the one suffering. You may remember Jones getting drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and his durability was one of the biggest reasons why.
In addition, the Packers’ front office loved that Jones played in a pro-style defense while with the UCLA Bruins. However, Jones has been hampered by an ankle injury since Green Bay’s first preseason game on August 9th. Although, his left ankle appeared to be fine as No. 95 returned to practice on Monday, only to be taken off of the field on Wednesday after rolling the same ankle.
This isn’t what the Packers’ fan base wants to hear at all.
On the positive side, Jones isn’t the first Green Bay rookie to have preseason injuries. In fact, B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews had health question marks when they first started in the Cheese State in 2009 and they would riddle off fantastic rookie campaigns. If you don’t believe me, then here’ s a direct quote from Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who somewhat downplayed Jones’s injury:
“We [the Packers] have been through that here before. You remember Clay’s rookie year and B.J.’s rookie year.”
While Capers surely doesn’t want his first-round pick to miss a bulk of the season with this nagging ankle injury, the folks in Green Bay have grown accustomed to seeing rookie defenders go down in their rookie seasons.