The Packers were banged up at wide receiver, so one of their receivers was willing to conceal an injury to stay on the field.
Packers wideout James Jones told Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he played after breaking a pair of ribs against the Steelers on Dec. 22, which had him spitting up blood the following day.
“I pride myself on being tough,” Jones said. “I broke my ribs in Pittsburgh. But I played through it, practiced through it. You know, when you practice through it, you don’t have to put it on the injury report or none of that because I’m out there at practice every day. It’s part of the game. You’ve got to go out there.
“There’s a lot of guys out there that’s playing with injuries that people don’t know about – and then put themselves on the line for their team.”
Jones never appeared on the injury report during the time he was in pain, but is apparently OK to talk about it now, since he’s a free agent.
Demonstrating his toughness might help him earn favor with his employer, though it’s yet another in a line of undisclosed injuries that no one seems to be really worried about.