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Matt LaFleur provides Packers' injury updates

Head coach addresses Aaron Rodgers, David Bakhtiari, Aaron Jones and Romeo Doubs

Packers' sideline
Packers' sideline

GREEN BAY – Before heading out on the team's bye week, Head Coach Matt LaFleur provided brief injury updates Monday on various Packers.

Here's the latest.

Aaron Rodgers: The four-time MVP quarterback got through the Bears game with no setbacks to his thumb or rib injuries, and he indicated after the game both ailments could be put behind him after the bye.

LaFleur echoed those thoughts.

"I think he held up pretty nicely," he said. "He seemed to be in great spirits after the game, which is always a good sign, and just my limited interaction with him today he seemed to be doing well."

David Bakhtiari: The All-Pro left tackle had an emergency appendectomy Friday that kept him out of Sunday's game in Chicago. The timetable for his potential return isn't known, but LaFleur said "it could be a while."

It's just the latest unfortunate setback to Bakhtiari's season after missing all but one game last year and being in and out of the lineup at times this year due to his surgically repaired and troublesome knee.

He had been settling in of late, along with the rest of the offensive line, and LaFleur felt he'd "been playing some really good ball."

Rookie Zach Tom filled in for Bakhtiari and played well against the Bears. It was his second spot start at left tackle in addition to the Washington game, when Bakhtiari was a pre-game scratch.

"Zach has been super reliable, which is cool to see, especially a rookie going in," LaFleur said. "It was nice that we had at least a little bit of time to prepare for it."

Aaron Jones: The star running back entered the Bears game with a shin injury and then was in and out of the action after getting tackled awkwardly a couple of times.

He had nine carries for 26 yards and five catches for 24 yards in Chicago before he left the game for good, and AJ Dillon took the bulk of the backfield work with 18 carries for 93 yards and a TD, plus three receptions for 26 yards.

There aren't any issues anticipated with Jones moving forward, however.

"I think he'll be in good shape," LaFleur said. "You always get a little concerned when it's like every series, he's up, he's down, he's up, he's down … Certainly we're a much better football team when he is on the field and he's going or is as close to 100 percent as he can."

Romeo Doubs: The rookie receiver has been working his way back from an ankle injury that cost him three games, and he practiced last week before doing a pre-game workout in Chicago with the hope he could play in a limited role.

Due to a slight injury tweak in Friday's practice, though, he was held out until after the bye, when the expectation is he'll be ready to roll.

"I know he's definitely eager to be back out on the field and be able to contribute," LaFleur said. "So yeah, definitely excited to hopefully get him back in the fold next game.

"I feel really good about where our receiving corps is and where it's progressing to. It will be nice to have everybody available."

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