Packers running back A.J. Dillon fractured rib in loss to 49ers

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Green Bay Packers running back A.J. Dillon had an early exit from Saturday’s playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers when he was injured on a kickoff return.

Dillon confirmed on Monday that he sustained a fractured rib that kept him from returning to action.

The good news is it’s nothing that will ever affect me long term, and I’ve got time to let it heal, obviously,” Dillon said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Dillon attempted to make a block on 49ers linebacker Mark Nzeocha and ended up on the ground hunched over. He had rushed for 25 yards on seven carries with a touchdown on offense before exiting the game in the third quarter.

Dillon had a breakout campaign in support of Aaron Jones in the Packers’ backfield. He rushed for 803 yards and five touchdowns despite splitting carries and also caught 34 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns.

6 responses to “Packers running back A.J. Dillon fractured rib in loss to 49ers

  1. This little mentioned injury fact had a huge impact on the Packer loss. Having the much smaller Jones bang into the middle of their defense in zero degree weather instead of the 245 lb “quad zilla” was noticeable. It certainly was a factor not having him available on short yardage downs. Big time injury that wasn’t mentioned hardly if any at all.

  2. No worries A.J., Everything gets brittle in cold weather, like ribs, EGOs and special team play!

  3. I think it’s great news that he has so much time to heal. Think about it. What if he would have had to play next week?

  4. Fans should question why their main running back option in bad weather games is also blocking on special teams. It’s obvious his play on special teams didn’t help them. Clueless coaching.

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