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WR James Jones getting closer; TE Ryan Taylor could be back to help on special teams

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 1, 2013 – 3:28 pm

Packers WR James Jones, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, appears to be getting closer to a possible return after he practiced on a limited basis in pads on Friday.

Jones was a limited participant on Thursday as well, but Mike McCarthy said he was only doing rehab. During the portion of Friday’s practice open to reporters, Jones was running routes with the offense and was dressed in full pads.

“We’ll see how he is in the morning,” McCarthy said.

TE Ryan Taylor

TE Ryan Taylor

Also on the injury front, TE Ryan Taylor was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day after missing the last two games following knee surgery. If Taylor can return this week, he might provide a boost to the special-teams coverage units, which have allowed some long returns in the last two games.

Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin returned a kickoff 86 yards and Fozzy Whittaker ran one back 56 yards two weeks ago. Then last week, Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 109 yards for a TD.

“The plays that we’ve had come out on us, it’s one guy misses here or one guy mis-fits it,” Taylor said. “We’ve played against some pretty good returners the last couple weeks. But we’ve got a lot of guys coming back now, we’re getting healthy, and right on time because they’ve got a pretty good returner over there.”

Taylor is speaking, of course, about Chicago’s Devin Hester, who brought a punt back 81 yards for a TD against Washington in the Bears’ last game. That was Hester’s 18th career kick or punt return TD, most in league history.

“Everybody just has to take care of their responsibilities and be very disciplined,” Taylor said of facing Hester. “He can fake you out, like he’s taking a knee, and bring it out. You have to be disciplined and be ready.”

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