By Matt Johnson
on Wednesday, December 27th
In a season finale that will conclude a lost season for the Green Bay Packers, running back Aaron Jones is not expected to take the field. The rookie suffered a knee injury last week against the Minnesota Vikings and in a game with nothing to play for, the Packers will end his season early.
It opens the door for rookie Jamaal Williams to experience a heavy workload against the Detroit Lions. Williams enters the week with 474 rushing yards, a 3.6 yards per carry and four touchdowns. But Williams started finding his rhythm as of late, most notably his 113-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He should be locked in for another 15-plus touches on Sunday against an average Lions' run defense.
For Jones, his season ends with 448 rushing yards, four touchdowns and an equally impressive 5.5 yards per carry in his first year. Upon his return next season, he should be sharing carries in a talented Packers' committee backfield. Both Jones and Williams are tough plays to analyze for 2018 until more shakes out in the offseason and in training camp.