The Packers got probably the best news they could have hoped for on Monday regarding receiver
Jennings’ knee sprain will sideline him for a couple of weeks, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said, and he’s expected back in time for the playoffs.
“It can always be worse. That’s why you have further testing,” McCarthy said. “We feel fortunate that it is only a couple of weeks.
“I think it would be safe to say he’ll be back for the playoffs.”
Jennings, who leads the team with 67 receptions and is second with 949 yards and nine touchdowns, left Sunday’s game against Oakland in the third quarter when it appeared a defender landed awkwardly on the back of his leg. He was carted off the field and gave the fans a “thumb up” sign before heading up the Lambeau Field tunnel.
The Packers clinched a first-round playoff bye on Sunday, so their first playoff game will be at home on either Jan. 14 or 15. That essentially gives Jennings five weeks to recover before Green Bay’s postseason begins.
In the meantime, the rest of the Packers’ deep receiving corps will have to pick up the slack. Jennings became more of a focal point in the offense last season when tight end
There’s plenty of depth elsewhere, too.
The one wild-card in the mix could be rookie
“We feel we have enough to move forward,” McCarthy said. “Greg will be missed, but with that, it’s more opportunities for the other perimeter players.”
Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin said it was too early to know how much Jennings’ absence will affect the offense, but it’s not as though any portion of the playbook needs to be scrapped or rewritten.
“We kind of do what we do,” Philbin said. “I don’t know that we’re going to change a whole lot. I know one thing – we’re not smart enough to figure out a whole new offense in the course of a couple days before these guys get back here Wednesday to play Kansas City.
“We have to function within the offense we have.”
Other injury updates:
Offensive line – Right guard
“He’s got a chance,” McCarthy said. “He feels good. He just can’t afford another setback. If he stays on course, we’re hopeful that he may practice potentially next week or Detroit week.”
“This was the week he was pushing for, so we’ll see how he is Wednesday,” McCarthy said.
Hawk was active for Sunday’s game and was supposed to play no more than 30 snaps in the second half, but with the Packers firmly in control of the game, McCarthy scrapped that plan and rested him.
Running back –
“We’re hoping he can go Wednesday,” McCarthy said. “They’re going to run him either later today or early tomorrow, and we’ll have more information.”