In recent weeks, it seems that the only news the Green Bay Packers have gotten on the injury front has been bad news. Yet, when it comes to running back Don Jackson, the news turned out to be good.
Jackson, a rookie free agent from Nevada, saw his first NFL action last Thursday against Chicago. However, he was forced to leave the game after just two carries because of a hand injury.
At first, it looked like Jackson’s hand could be broken, which would obviously cause issues for a running back. But according to NFL.com, the swelling has reduced and now, there’s a chance he could be healthy enough to play Sunday at Atlanta.
Tests on #Packers RB Don Jackson’s left hand did not show a break, I’m told. Swelling is down. If he can grip a ball, he could play Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 26, 2016
Jackson’s return would be a welcome sight for a Green Bay backfield that literally has just one healthy running back.
Knile Davis, who was just acquired from the Chiefs, is the only true healthy running back. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski has also seen time as the lone back, as have wide receivers Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb.
Even if Jackson is healthy, the Packers will surely continue to sprinkle in carries for Montgomery and Cobb. Davis, who is still learning the offense, should also have a bigger role this week.
At the end of the day, it’s not likely the Packers make another move at running back anytime soon, at least not one that would make a splash.
Ultimately, James Starks will be back in within a few weeks and until then, backs like Davis and Jackson will have to do.
Of course, having Jackson available Sunday would be a big help. It’s also welcome news on the Packers’ injury front for the first time in what seems like forever.