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Saturday, November 2, 2013
Packers WR Jones questionable for Monday night

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The last time James Jones and the Green Bay Packers played their oldest rivals, he caught three touchdown passes in the Packers' 21-13 win over the Bears in Chicago last December.

With the Bears coming to Lambeau Field, the timing might be right for the Packers to get a key piece back on their injury-depleted offense.

Jones, the team's veteran receiver who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, practiced again Saturday and has been listed as questionable for the Monday night game against the Bears.

"He did a little more than yesterday, so we'll see where he is," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice.

Jones had limited work on the field as the Packers wrapped up their preparations for the NFC North matchup, and McCarthy wouldn't speculate on whether Jones will play.

"Frankly, it's up in the air, but he's doing everything he can," McCarthy said.

Jones wasn't any more revealing when he spoke to reporters Saturday. He put his chances of playing at 50/50.

"We'll see how my knee reacts coming in tomorrow, (hopefully) get no swelling or anything like that," Jones said.

Jones admitted having Chicago next on the schedule in a prime-time game is an incentive to resume playing.

"It is Monday night, it is the Bears, so it'll put a little extra on it," Jones said. "I felt better (today). I'm mostly just going to see how it reacts tomorrow. If it reacts pretty good tomorrow, we might have a decent shot. But if I wake up sore and all that stuff, I don't know."

NFC North-leading Green Bay (5-2), which has won four straight games, will continue to be without receiver Randall Cobb (leg) and tight end Jermichael Finley (neck) for an extended period.

The possibility of having Jones in uniform again Monday had fellow starting receiver Jordy Nelson excited Saturday.

"To get him back out there, it's another playmaker, another veteran back," Nelson said. "The young guys have done a good job of filling in for now, but you want James back in there. He had (a league-high) 14 touchdowns last year. He's a threat every time he gets the ball and every time he runs a route, so it's good to have him back."

The Packers defense, which will be without outside linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb) for at least one more game, is expected to have inside linebacker Brad Jones available to play Monday.

Jones has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. He had full status in practice the past three days and is probable for the game.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers suggested the team would be careful about how much Jones plays.

"We'll work Brad in, we've got to monitor his reps, make sure we don't overwork him his first game back, but I know he's excited to get out there and play," Capers said.

Jamari Lattimore, a young player who has been productive as the starting replacement for Jones with two sacks in three games, remains in the team's plans for contributing on defense.

"You'll see Jamari at times because he's certainly played well enough to warrant getting some time," Capers said.

Outside linebacker Nick Perry (foot) didn't practice this week and is doubtful.

Cornerback Sam Shields (toes), added to the injury report, didn't practice Saturday but is probable for the game.

"He got stepped on (in practice) yesterday -- you get one of those small corners getting stepped on by an offensive lineman," Capers said. "I think he was just sore today, but I think he'll be fine."