Packers lose two more players to COVID-19 protocols head of game vs. 49ers

Aug 8, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers helmets sit on the sidelines during the game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers are looking to bounce back Week 9 against an injury-plagued San Francisco 49ers squad after falling to the Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday. Unfortunately, Green Bay is already going to be without running back A.J. Dillon for the “Thursday Night Football” game after he tested positive for COVID-19.

We now have more information on this, and it’s not great for the Packers.

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Packers’ Jamaal Williams and Kamal Martin out due to COVID-19 protocols

It was earlier this season that the NFL changed its virus-related protocols after multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 within the Patriots and Titans organizations.

Now, those who are deemed to be high risk for being in close contact with an individual who has the virus must quarantine. That includes the Packers’ backup running back in Williams and their starting inside linebacker (Martin).

Impact of latest news

Star Packers running back Aaron Jones (calf) is questionable for Thursday’s game after missing the past couple weeks.

He’s been a limited participant in practice thus far this week. If Jones can’t go, it will be a big story for the Packers. With Dillon and Williams both out, Tyler Ervin would likely get a bulk of the carries behind Aaron Rodgers in the Packers’ backfield.

Related: NFL Week 9 injury report

The Packers are set to take on a San Francisco defense that has yielded 4.0 yards per rush and ranks in the middle of the pack stopping the run. Green Bay will need balance given Rodgers’ struggles against the 49ers in recent seasons.

None of this is likely to matter given that the Packers’ Week 9 opponent is dealing with myriad injuries. That includes stars Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle being out for the long term. Even then, being without three running backs on a short week is no small thing.

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