The Green Bay Packers may have one of the most explosive offense in the entire National Football League, but they may have to do so without their top two wide receivers on Sunday when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
We already knew that Greg Jennings was out, and now comes word that he will undergo surgery on his torn groin on Tuesday. The Packers receivers said that he may be out up to six weeks, but vows to return in 2012. With impending free agency status, Jennings may want to get out on the field in a game and show that he is fully healed. Of course, if he is not, he may be forced to sit out the rest of the season instead of risk further injury that could effect his future contract numbers.
Making matters worse is that Jordy Nelson, who has put up a pair of monster games over the past two Packers’ victories, may be a game time decision on Sunday. What was once thought to be a minor hamstring issue is now turning into a serious concern.
Nelson came up lame on Wednesday and was held out of practice on Thursday. He will also be held out of practice on Friday to rest. The Packers may wait until Saturday or even Sunday before they test his hamstring again, meaning he may wind up a game time decision.
If Nelson misses the game, that will elevate Randall Cobb and James Jones into the top two spots on the Packers’ depth chart at wide receiver. Donald Driver and Jarrett Boykin may get some action as well, as Aaron Rodgers could attempt to lean on tight end Jermichael Finley more than normal, provided he can actually hold on to a few passes.
From a fantasy perspective, I would almost say it is safe to drop Jennings from your roster in a non-keeper league. If he does miss the next six weeks, that would put him on track to return during Week 14, which is generally the first round of fantasy football playoffs. Barring a much quicker comeback, Jennings may not be usable again this season.
As for Nelson, if he plays, it is tough to bench him. A hamstring injury is scary, as it can flare up at any point in the game. While I may not advise sitting Nelson, it would be awfully difficult to recommend starting him this week, even in what should have been a solid matchup against the Jaguars.