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Jamaal Williams spent last week at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, where he talked with NFL hopefuls who played in the pre-draft all-star game.

They asked the Green Bay Packers rookie for advice on how to prepare for the draft and what it takes to make in the NFL.

But the running back, a fourth-round pick in last year’s draft, couldn’t stop thinking about the advice he was given before he left Green Bay after the season. It was in his exit interviews with running backs coach Ben Sirmans and coach Mike McCarthy that the Packers’ leading rusher this past season learned what he needs to take his game to the next level.

“We were just in agreement that I’ve got to get my feet quicker and just get a little more speed happening and make sure that my knees are up,” Williams said in a phone interview during a break in the NFLPA-sponsored college all-star game near Los Angeles.

“So, I’m just going to be working on my lateral movements, speed, make sure I get my knees up, make sure my lower body’s a lot stronger.”

That will begin this week near Phoenix, where he plans to train with his uncle, Luke Neal, who also works with Cardinals linebacker Scooby Wright.

Yes, Williams rushed for a team-best 556 yards in a season in which he finally stopped the revolving door at running back. But he did so in grind-it-out fashion, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry.

He knows that Ty Montgomery will return next season after wrist surgery that landed him on season-ending injured reserve and that fellow rookie Aaron Jones will be over his two knee injuries that cost him four games this season. That means that just because he was the Packers’ leading rusher in 2017 doesn’t mean he is guaranteed anything for 2018.

“I learned that on every team, no matter what, everybody’s a superstar, and you’ve got weapons,” Williams said. “Everybody’s got to touch the ball. There’s just so many superstars, especially on my team with Aaron [Rodgers], Davante [Adams], Jordy [Nelson], Randall [Cobb]. We just spread the ball around.

“When you’re in college, you’re used to, like, two guys — two superstars — on the team who get the ball consistently. I liked it because it just shows that you’ve got to keep working hard, and every year there’s going to be a new batch coming in, so you’ve got to make sure you improve every offseason.”

But there won’t likely be many — if any — new running backs. The position appears stocked after former general manager Ted Thompson picked three in last year’s draft: Williams (at No. 134 overall from BYU), Jones (at No. 182 from UTEP) and seldom-used Devante Mays (at No. 238 from Utah State).

It’s another reason Williams knows that he needs to be more explosive. Yes, he gained more than half of his yards after contact (51.8 percent to be exact), according to ESPN Stats & Information. By comparison, NFL rushing leader Kareem Hunt got 47.9 percent of his yards after first contact, and second-leading rusher Todd Gurley gained just 39.8 percent of his yards after initial contact.

But as tough as Williams proved to be — he was the only Packers running back who didn’t miss a game this season — he lacked big plays. Of his 153 carries, he had only five explosive runs, defined by McCarthy as a gain of 12 or more yards.

By comparison, the speedier Jones had 10 explosive rushes despite carrying only 81 times.

“It just comes with time and repetition,” Williams said. “I felt like I was getting better and better at it as the season went by. So next year, it really won’t be anything new to me. I’ll just be able to come in and start where I left off.”

It was at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl that Williams signed hundreds of rookie trading cards that will be included in the 2017-18 Panini football card packets. Williams was supposed to sign over the course of a couple of days. Instead, he decided to get it all done at once in a four-hour, hand-cramping session.

“That’s the warrior mentality of playing football,” Williams said.

It helped Williams ride things out when Montgomery began the season as the starter and then Jones got the next shot. It wasn’t until both were injured in Week 10 against the Bears that Williams got his shot to be the No. 1 back, a job he didn’t give up the rest of the season.

“When Aaron and Ty went down, and they were like, ‘Jamaal, you’re going to run the ball,’ I was like, ‘I’ve been waiting for this moment, and I’m going to go out there and do what I need to do,’” Williams said. “That, for me, made me feel like all my hard work is paying off.”

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Their first four draft picks were designed to help the struggling defense, but the Green Bay Packers got their biggest rookie impact from two of the three running backs they selected on the final day.

Here’s a breakdown of the Packers’ 2017 draft class:

Grade: Below average.

Best rookie: Fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams was the workhorse running back, while fifth-rounder Aaron Jones provided the explosive change. Williams led the Packers in both carries (153) and rushing yards (556), but his average of 3.6 yards per carry suggests he’s more of a plodder. He also might be the more capable back in the passing game, both as a receiver and a blocker. Jones, despite a pair of knee injuries, showed more big-play ability. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry on just 81 attempts (448 yards) and matched Williams with four touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime against Tampa Bay to help the Packers stay alive in the playoff race at the time. Both had at least one 100-yard rushing game, and this duo looks more promising than opening-day starter Ty Montgomery as the future of the Packers’ backfield.

Most improved rookie: This one has to go to an undrafted rookie, punter Justin Vogel. He looked shaky in training camp but progressed as the season went along. He set the franchise record for net punting average (41.6), although a relatively mild weather season at home helped. Still, this spot should be solidified for next season.

Most disappointing rookie: Throughout the offseason practices, Josh Jones was seemingly around the ball at every turn. But the second-round pick couldn’t carry that over when it mattered. He bounced between safety and inside linebacker in the Packers’ nitro package, but other than the overtime interception in Cleveland that set up the game-winning score, he struggled in coverage most of the season. This was a classic case of a player who looked good in helmets and shorts but struggled when the pads came on. Top pick Kevin King also could be thrown into this category, but as cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said during the season, no one saw the real King because when he played, he was limited by a shoulder injury that eventually ended his season and required surgery.

Jury is still out on …: Montravius Adams and Vince Biegel. Both missed the early part of the season because of injuries. Adams, the third-round defensive tackle, broke his foot during the opening week of training camp and played in only one of the first seven games. Biegel, the fourth-round outside linebacker, had foot surgery in May and missed the entire offseason, training camp, the preseason and the first seven games of the regular season. The Packers hoped Adams would bolster their run defense and Biegel would provide some pass rush. Neither happened.

Undrafted rookie evaluation: The most promising undrafted rookie didn’t even see the field until Week 16. Receiver Michael Clark, a 6-foot-6 former college basketball player, caught four passes for 41 yards in the final two games combined. Yes, he struggled with drops, but his length and athletic ability make him a player to watch next summer after he has had a full year to refine his skills. Cornerback Lenzy Pipkins also looks like he might have potential.

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Fumble, fumble, rush for 1 yard, ankle injury.

Talk about a disaster of an NFL debut.

That was Green Bay Packers rookie running back Devante Mays’ line from his first chance to play from scrimmage in Sunday’s shutout loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The bum ankle, which was revealed when he showed up on Wednesday’s injury report, added injury to insult.

The thing is, the Packers might need him again this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers are likely to be without their top-two running backs again this week. Leading rusher Aaron Jones (ankle) injury is out for sure, while the No. 2 man Ty Montgomery (ribs) did not practice again on Wednesday.

That leaves Jamaal Williams as the starter and Mays as the backup — if coach Mike McCarthy can trust him, that is. McCarthy admitted after the game he “lost confidence” in Mays.

“I’ve just got to show them that they can count on me,” Mays said Wednesday. “I know that they were counting on me, and I didn’t step up like I wanted to. This game, I’m going to do a better job of that.”

It was all new territory for Mays, the fumbling and the questions that inevitably followed. After the game, he sat shell-shocked in his locker and declined to answer questions.

The seventh-round pick finally was ready to address it three days after he fumbled on his first two NFL carries. Mays said he never fumbled in his two years at Utah State, where he carried 202 times. As a pro, he has two fumbles (one lost) in three carries.

“The first time, it was just not knowing the play, really, what the play was,” Mays said. “It was just everything wasn’t right on that, and then second time it was just my fault. I’ve just got to put two hands on the ball, and I know that it’s my job to take care of the ball. Just got to do a better job at that.”

Mays said he thought the first play was a handoff but instead it was a toss play, so he was off kilter from the start.

“Initially I went down when I was supposed to be going out for the toss, so that’s what happened with that one,” he said. “It was a mistake on my part with the handoff. Because if I would’ve took the right path, I wouldn’t have been there, and it wouldn’t have happened. The guy got his arm in there. And the second one, I really don’t know what happened there.”

After the game, Mays received consolation from Jones and several other players but sat in his locker with his uniform on while most other players had already showered and changed.

“Like after, I was just shocked,” Mays said. “I couldn’t believe it happened.”

Mays was back on the practice field Wednesday, although he was a limited participant because of the ankle injury.

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Aaron Jones promised that he won’t get himself into legal trouble again and insisted that he will play again this season.

In his first public comments since the news broke Monday of his arrest last month, the Green Bay Packers rookie running back offered a statement on the matter and requested that questions be limited to football matters.

Jones was charged with operating a vehicle with a controlled substance (marijuana) in his system, speeding (24 mph over the posted speed limit of 55) and operating a vehicle without a valid license stemming from an Oct. 1 traffic stop.

I owe an apology to my family, teammates, coaches, the fans and the Packers organization,” Jones said. “I made a mistake, and I take full responsibility for it. And it won’t happen again. I can’t speak on it because it’s an ongoing legal matter. Do you have any football questions?”

Jones did not play in Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Ravens because of the left knee injury he suffered the previous week against the Bears. Jones has a sprained MCL and is expected to miss three to six weeks, a timeline that would get close to the end of the season if it’s on the long end, but he said he was convinced he would return this year.

“Definitely,” he said when asked if he would play again this season.

Jones said he has experience with this same injury but to his right knee during his sophomore season at UTEP and returned without missing significant time. The fifth-round pick is the Packers’ leading rusher with 370 yards on 70 carries with three touchdowns.

Without Jones and Ty Montgomery (ribs), the Packers turned to fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams and seventh-rounder Devante Mays against the Ravens. Williams followed a 20-carry, 67-yard game against the Bears after Jones and Montgomery went down with 18 carries for 57 yards against Baltimore.

Mays played for the first time from scrimmage, and it was disastrous. He fumbled on his first two carries and finished with just three carries for minus-1 yard. Mays refused to talk after Sunday’s loss and did not talk to reporters on Monday, either.

“I just told him, ‘Keep his head up, it’s not the start you wanted,” Jones said. “But hey, people have bad starts. … [Chiefs rookie] Kareem Hunt fumbled on his first carry and look what he’s doing. Just keep your head up, don’t get down and don’t listen to what anybody else has to say. You know your ability. I know your ability and you’re a better player than that.’”

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Devante Mays doesn’t need to look any further than his own position group to understand how an NFL player must keep himself ready to play even when he’s not playing.Fellow Green Bay Packers rookie running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have excelled at doing that, and it might be Mays’ turn this week.

Jones was inactive for Week 1, didn’t touch the ball until Week 4 and is now the team’s leading rusher. Williams began the season as the backup and then slipped to No. 3 on the depth chart only to find himself as the No. 1 back again last Sunday after Jones hurt his knee and Ty Montgomery reinjured his broken ribs.

With Jones out 3-6 weeks and Montgomery’s status up in the air this week, Mays could be the primary backup to Williams on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s a big jump for a player who has been inactive four times this season and has yet to play on offense let alone actually carry the ball.

“I think it’s important for all your young guys to get ready,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s tough. You make the team, then you’re not getting the reps with the game-plan reps getting ready for games. Next thing you know, you’re in there. He’ll be ready. Jamaal is definitely ready, and we’re going to need everybody, especially in that room.”

If nothing else, Mays should play a significant role on special teams since Williams likely will be taken off those units to save him for his work on offense. Williams, who rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries against the Bears, was given a game ball — but it was for his play on special teams.

“Obviously, he probably won’t get quite as many reps now because the running back situation, but that’s what it is,” special teams coach Ron Zook said of Williams. “That’s the National Football League, and the way it is. You’ve got to have the next guy up. Like I told Mays, I said, ‘Hey, now it’s going to hopefully be your job, your turn to do the same thing next week.’”

The Packers drafted three running backs — Williams in the fourth round, Jones in the fifth and Mays in the seventh — after the position was riddled with injuries last year, which prompted Montgomery’s switch from receiver. General manager Ted Thompson kept all three on the roster even though their production in the preseason was minimal. Williams averaged just 2.4 yards per carry and Mays 2.7 in the preseason. Only Jones, at 5.5 yards per rush, showed much.

With Montgomery’s status up in the air — McCarthy said he’s hopeful that he will be available this week but wouldn’t know for sure until he seems if he can practice — the Packers could be looking at a Williams-Mays running back combination, which is why Mays must be ready.

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The Green Bay Packers’ best offense without Aaron Rodgers might be their running game.

If they have any running backs left.

They nearly ran out in Sunday’s 23-16 win at Chicago, and it might make life without their two-time NFL MVP quarterback even tougher than it’s already been if they can’t get Aaron Jones or Ty Montgomery back soon.

On a day when the Packers lost their top two running backs — Jones to a potentially serious knee injury and Montgomery to another rib injury — they answered questions about whether they could win a game with Brett Hundley as their quarterback, even if Hundley didn’t make many game-changing plays.

For the first time since Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6, Hundley was the more effective quarterback — but just barely. He made two of the best throws of his three starts to put the game away — a 19-yard back-shoulder touchdown in the fourth quarter to Davante Adams, who has the only two touchdowns that Hundley has thrown since he took over, and a 42-yarder to Adams on third-and-10 with two minutes to play.

Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky made the same mistakes that have hampered Hundley of late — the most egregious of which was holding onto the ball for far too long. It allowed a Packers pass rush that has been nonexistent to get home far more often than they have recently.

The Packers won for the first time since Rodgers’ injury, and at 5-4 they avoided falling under .500 for the first time this season. A few more of these and there might be reason for Rodgers to return late in the season; he’s eligible to come off injured reserve no sooner than the Week 15 game at Carolina. With a scuffling team coming to Lambeau Field next Sunday, perhaps there’s a winning streak in the Packers’ future.

Still, it’s worth wondering whether Sunday’s result was simply a function of their opponent. However, the fact that Adams, Montgomery and then Jamaal Williams were able to run the ball against a Bears defense that ranked eighth overall and 13th against the run should give coach Mike McCarthy a baseline for how his team can win sans Rodgers.

“The ability to run the football at the most critical times of the game I thought was a tribute to our running backs,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I thought Jamaal had a heck of a day and I thought Brett Hundley played his best game of the year. Just handling the different situations, particularly the high pressure there in the fourth quarter. We got a big play from Davante when we needed it.”

Montgomery’s 37-yard touchdown was his fourth career rush of at least 30 yards, all of which have come against the Bears. He had 54 yards on six carries before he reinjured his ribs. Before that, Jones had carried three times for 12 yards. That left Williams as the only remaining halfback active for the game, and he helped grind things out with 67 yards on 20 carries.

“I guess he was third string but it speaks a lot to him and his preparation,” left tackle David Bakhtiari said. “He was able to come in and knew what to do. Mentally he was ready and physically he was ready. That’s something that you want to see. Moving forward, we’ll see what’s up with our backs. Terrible to see two of them go down. He’s got the film that he can lower his pad level and get after some defensive players, so that’s going to be nice.”

In all, the Packers ran it a season-high 37 times (nine more attempts than their previous season high) for 160 yards.

“I feel like that’s my type of running style is downhill. I feel like I can be versatile, too — agile and do all the other things I need to do to get outside the tackles and try to take it for a touchdown,” Williams said. “These type of games, you’ve got to pound it, get those first downs and really just have that pride with your linemen that you can get the first downs, no matter what.”

Or maybe the Packers will have to rely on their defense, which rediscovered its pass rush. Nick Perry had as many sacks (three) as the Packers had in their previous four games combined.

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Everything has happened so fast. It seems like only yesterday Aaron Jones  was a healthy scratch during the Packers’ season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

However, opportunity knocked last month against the Chicago Bears and Jones answered the call after Ty Montgomery  and Jamaal Williams  exited due to injury.

Before the game, Alvin Jr. joked with his brother about making sure his first NFL carry went for a touchdown. Although that didn’t happen – Aaron gained four yards on the play – he ran hard en route to 49 yards on 13 carries.

A week later, Jones started his first NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys. His parents, friends and family made the trip to Arlington as Jones rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown in a 35-31 victory, earning him NFL rookie of the week honors.

Back at UTEP, Alvin Jr. watched the game with teammates between meetings and weightlifting.

“It was just crazy watching it on TV,” Alvin Jr. said. “We’re watching it in the locker room and everyone is just going crazy. The Cowboys were our favorite team growing up and he got to do it there in front of everybody, all of our family.”

Jones has compiled the fourth-most rushing yards (297) since Week 5 and sits behind only Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman with a first-down run percentage of 27.4 percent. His 5.6 yards per carry ranks third in the NFL among backs with at least 6.25 carries per game.

Alvin Sr. and Vurgess have been there for all of it. It’s required some pinpoint planning on Vurgess’ part, but the couple also has made it to all seven of Alvin Jr.’s games at UTEP without a hitch.

“It’s just knowing we always have a support system,” Alvin Jr. said. “We always have someone to talk to no matter what or no matter where we go to. We’re going to have someone at our games supporting us, even if we’re in New York or wherever.”

Aaron admits having family in town the week of the Saints game was good for his soul. With his mom arriving Wednesday and twin brother flying in Thursday, Jones couldn’t wait to show them around his new home in Green Bay.

The opportunity to take a photo with his brother during pregame warmups also made it a moment he’ll never forget. The two have been around the world together and served as each other’s biggest motivators.

Now, they were there to watch Aaron play on one of football’s most cherished fields.

“It was really special,” Aaron said. “We talked before the game, after the game. He was excited he got to see some of the players. It’s always a treat when I get to have my brother here. I just feel complete.”

After the game, Alvin Jr. told Aaron “you look like you belong out there” before adding in a joking manner that he appeared a “little slow” on the 46-yard touchdown run.

Dismissed for the Packers’ bye week, Jones returned home to El Paso this week. He even joined Alvin during a visit at a local hospital, trying to lift the spirits of patients and giving gifts to children.

Statistics measure success, but it’s that image of their children giving back that brings a smile to the faces of Alvin Sr. and Vurgess.

The two have traveled the world together and seen everything there is to see, but there’s no place they’d rather be right now than in the stands every Saturday and Sunday watching their sons live out their dreams.

“What I’ve told Aaron and Alvin, this is a reward for all the hard work that you guys have put in,” Alvin Sr. said. “What mom and I always try to do with them, even now, is make sure they understand why they’re successful. That, first and foremost, is the blessing from the man wupstairs. Secondly, we try to keep them humble and working hard. No matter how much success you have, there’s always something you can improve so continue to work hard, stay humble and good things will always happen for you.”

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When you punch in the number with the 931 area code, you know you’re calling Alvin Jones Jr. But unless you’re using the FaceTime video calling app, you could be easily convinced it’s Aaron Jones on the other end.

They’re twins. But they’re fraternal, not identical. You wouldn’t know it by their voices, though. They sound the same. They laugh the same. They repeat the same familiar, “Yes sir, no sir” that comes from their military family background.

“Sometimes my mom, if she doesn’t look down at the caller ID, she’ll say, ‘Hey Alvin,’” Aaron said. “And I’ll have to say, ‘Mom, this is Aaron.’”

Whichever one you’re talking to, it’s quickly apparent how close they are to one another.

That’s what made last Sunday so tough for Aaron and Alvin, the older brother by 30 minutes. There was Alvin in El Paso, Texas, some 600 miles from AT&T Stadium, where Aaron, the Green Bay Packers’ rookie running back, was about to make his first NFL start against the Dallas Cowboys. Alvin couldn’t leave the UTEP campus because the senior linebacker for the Miners had a full day of meetings, film study and weightlifting.

The Packers-Cowboys game was midway through the third quarter by the time Alvin was able to park himself in front of a television.

“The first run I saw was when he went for 22 yards up the middle,” Alvin said in a phone interview this week. “I was with all of my teammates, and we were all in there cheering, screaming. It’s exciting. You watch people in the NFL all the time, but it’s not very often you know them and really have a bond with them.”

It was the longest run of the Packers’ season and a big part of Aaron’s breakout performance: 19 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown in the comeback victory. Even if starting running back Ty Montgomery returns Sunday from the broken ribs he sustained in Week 4, the Packers will have to find a way to get Jones on the field, too.

From players to coaches, just about everyone in Green Bay was impressed with Jones’ first extended action.

“He was basically in a lot of ways coming home,” Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans said. “He had a lot of people coming to the game, and he was in a good spot.”

How Jones reached that spot actually starts with his twin brother.

“He was pretty much the reason I left school [a year early],” Aaron said. “After I sat down and talked to my coaches, my parents and everybody I needed to talk to, I talked to him because I felt like I would’ve been leaving him. We wanted to go to school together, so we did that, but he was like, ‘It’s been your dream ever since we were little kids, go live your dream. I couldn’t be mad at you for that.’ Once he told me that, my mind was made up.”

Alvin knew his brother was NFL-ready, and it didn’t take all 4,114 rushing yards — a UTEP record — to convince him.

“His first game in college, he broke off a 60-yard touchdown run his first play in the game against New Mexico,” Alvin said.

Actually, it was 65 and it was on the fifth carry of his college career, but you get the idea.

“And he’s only gotten better every year,” Alvin said.

The first thing you notice about Aaron is his smile. He wears it almost all the time. On occasion, though, it only masks how much he misses Alvin. The two were roommates at UTEP. They still try to talk or FaceTime every day; Aaron was on the phone with his twin when reporters were allowed in the visitors locker room Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

“That’s one of the biggest things I would’ve wanted, for him to be there to see me play,” Aaron said on one of the rare occasions his smile disappeared. “If he could’ve found some way to be there, he would’ve definitely been there.”

Their parents, Alvin Sr. and Vurgess, haven’t missed a game this season. For either brother. The retired military couple still lives in El Paso.

“So they’ll come to my games and the next day they’ll fly up to Green Bay or wherever Aaron is playing,” Alvin said. “If I have an away game they’ll stay up there all week and then come to my game and come back for his.”

Alvin plans to come to Green Bay in less than two weeks, for the Oct. 22 game against the Saints. That’s UTEP’s bye week. The Packers have their bye the following week, and Aaron plans to be in El Paso for Alvin’s game against UTSA.

UTEP’s first season without its all-time rushing leader has been a disaster. The Miners are 0-6 and had a midseason coaching change. But Aaron thinks Alvin has played well enough to join him in the NFL, and said he planned to make sure the Packers’ scouting department takes a long look at his twin before the draft next spring.

Maybe there’s a chance the two could be reunited. It’s the first time they’ve been separated in their lives. They shared a room for most of their childhood as they moved from Georgia to Germany to Tennessee. It wasn’t until the family moved to Texas that they got their own rooms. But when they went to UTEP, they moved back in together. Alvin didn’t find another roommate to replace Aaron and said, “It’s kind of boring without him.”

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Ty Montgomery said he took some hits in Thursday’s practice on his broken ribs — which were protected by a flak jacket — for the first time since the injury last month.

The Packers running back said he made it through practice without any trouble and felt “fine.”

“It made me feel very comfortable about today and the workload today,” Montgomery said after practice. “I’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”

Ty Montgomery was in pads with significant protection visible on his broken ribs.

Montgomery was listed as a full participant in practice for the first time since he broke multiple ribs on the first series of the Sept. 28 game against the Chicago Bears. He practiced on a limited basis last week but did not play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday because Montgomery said he was not cleared by the team’s medical staff.

If Montgomery is cleared to compete this Sunday at the Minnesota Vikings, he would have to play with the protective pad around his midsection, but he did not think it would be too cumbersome or problematic in any way.

“I played with one in high school,” Montgomery said. “It’s very normal. A flak jacket is pretty normal. It’s not in the way or anything.”

How Montgomery came out of Thursday’s practice would play a role in deciding whether he would play against the Vikings.

“This is an important practice,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “We talk about this practice every week. It’s our padded work, and a lot of our evaluation and projection for how we’re going to play the game will come out of this practice.”

In Montgomery’s place, rookie Aaron Jones rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in the win at Dallas. Even if Montgomery is cleared, McCarthy could decide to use Jones as his No. 1 back against Minnesota.

Montgomery averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on 46 rushes before his rib injury. Jones, who didn’t play from scrimmage until the second quarter against the Bears in Week 4 after both Montgomery and Jamaal Williams (knee) were knocked out, has averaged 5.4 yards on 32 carries. Both have two rushing touchdowns.

It’s possible the Packers also could have both of their starting tackles on the field together for the first time this season. Left tackle David Bakhtiari hasn’t played since his Week 1 hamstring injury, and right tackle Bryan Bulaga missed three of the first four games because of an ankle injury. Both were listed as limited participants in Thursday’s practice.

“The biggest thing is to, when I go back out there to stay out there,” Bakhtiari said. “That’s the most important thing, and make sure that I add to the team and don’t hinder us at all. That’s the process we’re taking. We’ve been taking it day by day. The second it’s good enough, we’re going to give it a go.”

The Packers’ full injury report can be found here.

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Now we know why Jordy Nelson was not on the field for the last drive of Sunday’s comeback win in Dallas.

Nelson had a back injury.

He showed up on Wednesday’s injury report. But it didn’t keep the Green Bay Packers receiver off the practice field, and he doesn’t think it will be an issue Sunday at Minnesota.

Nelson did everything during the portion of practice that was open the media and was listed as a full participant on the post-practice report.

“I went through everything like normal [and] feel good,” Nelson said. “It’s nothing serious. Everything is good. Like I said, practicing all week and playing on Sunday.”

The NFL’s leader in touchdown catches (six) did not play after he landed awkwardly after failing to come down with a two-point conversion pass in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys. Nelson appeared to wince after he landed. He stood on the sideline with his helmet on during the last drive but never got back in the game.

Running back Ty Montgomery also was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice — the first time he’s had designation since he broke multiple ribs in Week 4 against the Bears. However, the Packers’ only full-pads practice of the week comes on Thursday. If Montgomery makes it through that as a full participant, then perhaps he has a legitimate chance to return against the Vikings.

However, after the way rookie Aaron Jones played against the Cowboys (19 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown), coach Mike McCarthy might have to think about going with Jones as his No. 1 running back regardless of Montgomery’s status.

“I’m not sure really what Ty’s availability is going to be No. 1,” McCarthy said before Wednesday’s practice. “No. 2 we got to get Aaron ready. We’ve got to get Jamaal [Williams] ready.”

The only players who did not practice Wednesday all were on defense: outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (back), safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring), cornerback Kevin King (concussion) and inside linebacker Joe Thomas (ankle).

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga was limited after he made his return to the lineup against the Cowboys. So was left tackle David Bakhtiari, who shas not played since the regular-season opener because of a hamstring injury.

The full injury report can be found here.