The Green Bay Packers kept their slim playoff hopes alive on Monday Night Football when they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 24-12. It was their second victory in a row, as they improved to 6-8 on the season. There is plenty of work left for the Packers to do, as a difficult road lies ahead. That road became a little easier to navigate on Tuesday.
Head coach Matt LaFleur shared that running back AJ Dillon has passed all his concussion tests and is cleared to work with the team again. Dillon suffered a concussion during Monday night’s win over the Rams and was forced from the game.
He underwent evaluation for a concussion on Monday night and passed all of the tests. He passed the tests again on Tuesday, meaning he is likely going to be in the lineup on Sunday when the Packers travel to take on the Miami Dolphins.
Before exiting the game, Dillon ran the ball 11 times for 36 yards, scoring two touchdowns. He remains a major part of the Packers’ offensive game plan despite not showcasing as much burst of big-play ability as Aaron Jones, who had a big game against the Rams. Jones had 126 total yards and a receiving touchdown, more than picking up the slack with Dillon sidelined.
Having all of their offensive weapons in the lineup will certainly help Green Bay as the matchup against Miami could turn into a shootout. The Dolphins have an explosive offense led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, but their defense is susceptible to surrendering big games as well.
On the season, Dillon has carried the ball 154 times for 660 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He has added 26 receptions for 194 yards, becoming a much bigger part of the passing game despite coming into the league with the reputation of not being much of a pass catcher.