Green Bay OLB Datone Jones signs with the Minnesota Vikings

The Green Bay Packers have lost another one of their free agents.

ESPN’s Adam Shefter was the first toe report that outside linebacker Datone Jones has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Jones, a first-round pick in 2013, played defensive end for the first few years of his career before moving to outside linebacker. He finished his career with nine sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.

The NFL Network reported the contract Jones got with the Vikings is a one-year, $3.75 million deal that could reach $5 million with incentives.

With Jones now gone, the Packers have lost/let walk six unrestricted free agents — guard T.J. Lang (Lions), safety Micah Hyde (Bills), center J.C. Tretter (Browns), running back Eddie Lacy (Seahawks), outside linebacker Julius Peppers (Panthers).

Vikings rule running back Adrian Peterson out for Sunday’s game.

The Green Bay Packers won’t have to face Adrian Peterson on Saturday.

Minnesota ruled out the former All-Pro running back with a groin injury suffered last week against Indianapolis, his first game back since undergoing knee surgery in September. If Peterson’s season is done, he will have gained 72 yards on 37 carries – a per carry average of just 1.9 yards.

Without Peterson in the lineup, the Vikings will likely have to turn to Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to move the ball on the ground against the Packers. That pair has combined for 754 yards and 7 touchdowns this season.

Peterson has been a Packers killer for much of his career. He’s rushed for more yards against Green Bay in his career than any other team, going for 1,779 yards in 17 games.

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