The Green Bay Packers took another injury hit Sunday when it was revealed that inside linebacker Brad Jones injured his quadriceps in Friday’s preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders and will miss the preseason finale.
Coach Mike McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Jones would not play Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field, but was optimistic about Jones’ availability for the Sept. 4 season opener at Seattle.
“[Jones will] be OK in Seattle,” McCarthy said. “We’ll see.”
Jones missed four games last season, but still finished with a career-high 84 tackles while also recording three sacks and a forced fumble. Jones is in his sixth year with the Packers after he was chosen out of Colorado in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.
Lattimore signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2011 out of Middle Tennessee and started four games last season in place of Jones, finishing the year with 35 tackles and two sacks to go with a forced fumble. In three preseason games, Lattimore has five tackles and broke up a pass.
Barrington, who backs up A.J. Hawk in the middle, played in seven games last year, making two tackles. He was a seventh round pick out of South Florida in 2013. But he has played well in the preseason, with six tackles and a sack.