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Greg Jennings should return in 2-3 weeks

Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:40 pm
Jennings should be ready to go by the playoffs. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

File this under: living right. On Sunday, Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings suffered a knee injury and there were concerns that it could be enough to end his season. During his Monday press conference, head coach Mike McCarthy said that Jennings suffered a sprained knee, is expected to miss a "couple of weeks' and that “he [should] be back for the playoffs.”

The Packers ran their record to 13-0 after whipping up on the Raiders in Week 14, and their remaining regular-season games (at Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit) point to the real possibility of 16-0. It would be the second time in four years a team has made it through the regular season undefeated (if you're just back from Mars, the Patriots did it in 2007).

And while the never-ending stories about the feat would quickly become tiresome, they'll we welcome next to the inevitable "Hey, we wonder what Mercury Morris thinks about this?" angles.

(For the sake of all mankind, here's to hoping the Packers lose before the playoffs. It would be the ultimate example of taking one for the team.)

With Jennings on the shelf until the playoffs, McCarthy will look to others to pick up the slack.

“We feel we have enough to move forward,” he said. “Greg will be missed, but with that, it’s more opportunities for the other perimeter players.”

While Jennings leads the teams in receptions (67), Jordy Nelson has more receiving yards (957 to 949) and tight end Jermichael Finley has a higher yards-per-catch average (14.3 to 14.2). Then there's veteran wideout Donald Driver and rookie Randall Cobb, who have combined for 50 receptions and five touchdowns this season. Oh, and Aaron Rodgers, 2011 NFL MVP, is still under center.

Thankfully, Jennings will be good to go in a few weeks. But even if he's not, the Packers -- with no shortage of big-play threats -- would still be a huge favorite to win it all.

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Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:33 pm

Greg Jennings should return in 2-3 weeks

Have you seen any of denver's games?  Oh yeah you're a vikings fan....After Sunday agsinst the Bears there had to be divine intervention or Barber was paid to throw the game.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:41 am

Greg Jennings should return in 2-3 weeks

This is great news, and what make it even better is other guys will get more experience plus Jennings will have fresher legs for the playoffs.  Mike Neal are you listening.  Hawk will be back, Bishop will be back, Woodson came back, Williams came back, Zombo came back, when are you coming back?

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:28 am

Greg Jennings should return in 2-3 weeks

This is excellent news. As good as we could have hoped for. I guess the Packers get to start resting some stars earlier than expected. Jennings could be ready for the Lions finale, but I would keep him on the sidelines unless an undefeated season is on the line, and they are short a WR during the game. With the bye, he could have 5 weeks total to rest the knee before their first playoff game. Fresh legs would be good.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:59 pm

Greg Jennings should return in 2-3 weeks

Bitter much?

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:54 pm

Greg Jennings should return in 2-3 weeks

I guess its the Packers who really have "God's favor"...  13-0 and their star receiver will be back just in time for the playoffs.

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