Updated (Thursday, Nov. 5, 3:55 p.m. EST): The Packers are reportedly optimistic that star running back Aaron Jones will be able to play through a calf injury. He'll apparently test the injury in pre-game warmups and will suit up if he's deemed ready. However, even if he does play he could be used in a limited role. He's a risky option even if he does play. Tyler Ervin is a low-end RB3 if Jones can't go.
Green Bay Packers' starting running back Aaron Jones latest injury update makes it unclear whether or not he will be able to suit up and play against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football.
It would be a huge loss for an offense already missing running backs A.J. Dillon and Jamaal Williams due to COVID protocols.
Aaron Jones Injury Update
Aaron Jones suffered a calf injury a few weeks ago that has caused him to miss the Packers' last two games and he remains "questionable" to play this week. It's looking like he's shaping up to be a game-time decision, though we could get some more news in the next few hours. It'll be critical to monitor his status up until kickoff.
If he is ultimately declared out, it greatly increases the fantasy outlooks of backup running backs Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams.
Tyler Ervin Fantasy Outlook
Tyler Ervin has the most experience of the two remaining running backs, rushing for 43 yards on 4 total carries this season. He has also caught 6 passes this season for 33 yards. Ervin has been in the NFL since 2016, but mostly saw time as a kick and punt returner for the Houston Texans before coming to the Packers.
Due to his upper hand in experience, Ervin could see the bulk of the work on Thursday night. If you are in dire need of a FLEX start this week, Ervin presents a little bit of upside.
Dexter Williams Fantasy Outlook
The other running back available to play is second-year player Dexter Williams. Williams has not appeared in a game yet this season and had just 5 carries for 11 yards all of last season. It is unknown how the Packers want to use these two running backs in this game, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Williams get some carries.
However, he draws a tough matchup against a 49ers' defense that as given up 105.6 rushing yards per game this season (No. 10 in the NFL). Neither of these players are must-start options in fantasy football this week.
In reality, starting either one is a major risk given how little we know about Green Bay's plan here, but Ervin's work in the passing game gives him a much higher floor than Williams.
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