While it was once believed that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings may be able to return from his nagging groin injury as soon as Week 8 of the 2012 NFL season, that now does not appear to be the case. In fact, Jennings may be nowhere near making a healthy return to the field any time soon for the Packers.
According to ESPN Milwaukee, Jennings is considering seeing a groin specialist [insert joke here] for another opinion. Since being hampered in the first game of the season and perhaps even before that, Jennings has been in and out of the lineup as well as on and off the practice field. Green Bay is starting to come around as of late, but the offense clearly becomes more dangerous and explosive the minute that Jennings is able to return.
Unfortunately for Green Bay, that time does not appear to be this week.
Or the next.
The Packers have a Week 10 bye, meaning many believe that the earliest that Jennings may return would be during the Week 11 game against the Detroit Lions. He is almost certainly out for this Sunday’s contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and highly unlikely to play in the following week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
When Jennings is healthy, he is one of the best receivers in the NFL. But even with him on the sidelines, the Packers have lit it up the past couple of games with Aaron Rodgers spreading the ball around to Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb. They have a solid receiving corps, meaning that they will not rush back Jennings until he is close to 100 percent.
Jennings will also not try to come back too soon again. Every time he has, he seems to suffer another setback that pushes back his return to full health. He also has to think about his future, as he is a free agent after this season, and there is much speculation that this will be his final year with the Packers.