Packers wide receiver James Jones might make his return to the lineup Monday night after a two-game absence. Jones followed up a limited practice on Friday with another limited practice on Saturday. According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jones was "doing everything" during the media-allowed portion of practice. He is officially questionable for Week 9.
Elsewhere in Packers news, Eddie Lacy is Green Bay's lead running back, but the coaches would like to get James Starks involved every week.
"You don't want to overload one or the other but if one has the hot hand then you stick with him," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said Friday. "So it's not a set plan as to how that works, but they're both going to play."
As far as Jones goes, it looks like he will play, but he is a risky start in a Monday night game coming off an injury. Plus, it's not as if he's ever been the most dependable fantasy player even when he was 100 percent. I would probably avoid him. He's a WR3 at best. If Jones plays, Jarrett Boykin would remain a fine WR2.
Don't read too deeply into the "hot hand" quote from Clements. Lacy is "the guy" in this backfield; the Packers would just like to keep the rookie fresh for the entire season. Lacy has averaged 27 touches per game over the past month, so it would probably help his rest-of-the-season stock if Starks can give him a breather and keep the offense moving. He definitely did that last week against the Vikings -- seven carries, 57 yards, one touchdown. Starks should be picked by all Lacy owners. He is a capable handcuff.