ALLEN PARK - The Detroit Lions might not know exactly what they'll need on Sunday to notch that elusive win at Lambeau Field, but one thing is certain, running back Kevin Jones will play a determining role.
The team will likely return Jones to the line-up for the Sunday night, nationally televised contest. He missed last week with a sore quadriceps muscle.
However, Jones has practiced each day this week, and is nearly 100 percent.
"(He looks) better, better," said interim head coach Dick Jauron on Thursday. "He certainly looks a lot better than last week. He looks like he is much more comfortable running on it, cutting on it, getting the full range of motion, so I would say significantly better than he was a week ago."
Last week, Jones was a late scratch in the team's loss to Minnesota. Although reserve tailback Artose Pinner filled in admirably, it is Jones that the team hopes to finally get unhinged.
The former first round draft choice and rookie sensation has rushed for just 523 yards on 159 carries, averaging a paltry 3.3 yards per carry. But his opportunities have been few and far inbetween.
Jones has carried the ball 20 or more times in just four games this year, and the Lions have won three of them.
As a rookie last year, Jones carried the ball 33 times, shredding the Packers defense for 156 yards and one touchdown. Despite harboring a half-time lead in that contest, the Lions eventually fell 16-13.
With another frigid game expect in the rigors of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Jones will likely be relied upon -- again.
"Definitely we want him back," said Jauron. "We ran the ball successfully a week ago and we know that we have to run it in order to stay in any football game and this football game. It should help us, but again you have to prove it on Sunday - you have to go out there and do it."
Asked whether or not each team would rely upon the running game, Jauron responded: "I think both sides will probably feel that way to some degree, but the ball is going to be in the air too. You are going to have to do both.
"I think if we end up one-dimensional, I don't think we will have a real good shot at winning the game."