Packers Get Bad News on Jamaal Williams and Kamal Martin

Green Bay Packers get a bad break on Jamaal Williams' latest update.
Green Bay Packers get a bad break on Jamaal Williams' latest update. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers are going to be really shorthanded at running back this week. With Aaron Jones' status still up in the air due to a lingering calf issue, the team was set to rely on the one-two punch of Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon for the third straight game.

Unfortunately, the rookie Dillon tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week, while Williams and linebacker Kamal Martin were deemed close high-risk contacts. All three players will be out for Green Bay's Week 9 Thursday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers.

If Jones can't go, Green Bay won't have any proven options available at running back this week. It looks like the Packers would have to turn to Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams if Jones is also ruled out.

Ervin profiles as more of a pass-catcher than a pure rusher, seeing 9 targets to 4 carries on the year. Williams, meanwhile, has yet to see a carry or target in 2020, though he did have 5 rushing attempts (for 11 yards) last season.

Hopefully Jones can get back on the field this week. With his status still up in the air, FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 9 odds have Green Bay as a 4.5-point road favorite over San Francisco.

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