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Jennings having surgery, Nelson misses practice for Packers

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It’s a busy day of Packers wide receiver injury news.

Earlier Thursday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that surgery was an option to help Greg Jennings get back on the field after a protracted absence. Jennings announced Thursday that he will be having surgery next week and Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that Jennings anticipates being back in the locker room the day after the operation. Jennings also said that he regrets returning for Week Three after getting hurt in the season opener.

Nothing much to do about that now, especially when the Packers may have another man down at receiver this weekend. Jordy Nelson missed practice on Thursday after hurting his hamstring on Wednesday, a development that has prompted the team to preemptively rule him out for Friday’s practice as well. McCarthy said that Nelson would test his hamstring on Saturday to determine whether or no it was well enough for him to play against the Jaguars.

Nelson has 17 catches for 243 yards and four touchdowns in the last two weeks, so there would obviously be a lot of slack for James Jones, Randall Cobb, Donald Driver and Jarrett Boykin to pick up in Nelson’s absence. If there’s any question about Nelson’s health, the Packers would probably be wise to take their chances against Jacksonville without him in hopes of ensuring his health for the final eight games of the season.

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  1. apm says: Oct 25, 2012 2:56 PM

    Honest question, what the heck kind of surgery is Jennings having then that he can be “in the locker room” the following day. And why isn’t the surgery happening today or tomorrow? Weird.

  2. bla bla bla says: Oct 25, 2012 2:57 PM

    Next man up.

  3. shaggytoodle says: Oct 25, 2012 2:59 PM

    I thought the Packers would be fine vs. the Colts being banged up. That didn’t pan out.

    If Nelson is sat on Sunday. Finley better show up in a big way.

  4. gnarlswoodson says: Oct 25, 2012 3:00 PM

    sit nelson if we have to, wont make a difference.

  5. conormacleod says: Oct 25, 2012 3:02 PM

    Uh oh. The Packers were already having a tough time defending their regular season championship from last year. They are one Aaron Rodgers concussion away from hearing; “With the first pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select…”

  6. zlmillerkazz says: Oct 25, 2012 3:03 PM

    I really don’t see the Packers re-signing Greg Jennings to a new contract after this season, James Jones, Cobb and Jordy are just fine as the receiving core. Greg is/was awesome in Green Bay. But I believe this will be his last season there.

  7. jhein23 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:11 PM

    I think the opposite – if Greg Jennings doesn’t come back and play very well the last few games of this season I don’t see him getting the $ he thought he was going to in FA. He may be back in GB on a 1 year deal to prove he’s worth the huge blockbuster contract. I really like Greg but now starting to have doubts over how long his career is gonna last.

  8. dennis2488 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:12 PM

    It’s called a sports hernia and you can actually walk on it right after the surgery. The next day they encourage you to start running. He will be back in 4-5 weeks

  9. cletusvandam says: Oct 25, 2012 3:13 PM

    If Jennings would have had this surgery 6 weeks ago instead of just sitting around getting paid he’d be out there by now. Everyone should have a Jerome Simpson type contract.

  10. zappa69 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:14 PM

    @APM, no real doctors (including GYN’s) just vets in the GB area. He has to go to Minnesota, Detroit, or Chicago to get help. As far as no GYN’s, the vets have been caring for the women. “Put 2 pairs of socks on and call me in the morning.”

  11. conormacleod says: Oct 25, 2012 3:20 PM

    It’s the system, not the players, right GB fans? Just plug in anybody! Of course, if Rodgers goes less than 300 yards and 3 TD’s you all are losing no matter who plays.

  12. jhein23 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:22 PM

    Packers could win this week without Jordy Nelson but definitely need him against the Cardinals – they have a tough defense. So I would sit him out as a precaution. PS- would much rather see lots of Jarrett Boykin than Donald Driver.

  13. jerrykill4pres says: Oct 25, 2012 3:26 PM

    I don’t think any of this matters right now. Rodgers is finding his groove, and heating up. When he gets in that groove, like he did two years ago, it’s tough to stop him. They could even call me up and my 14.2/40yard dash, and he could make me look like an all-pro…

    Don’t like saying that as a Vikings fan, but, i wish we played both of our games against the Pack earlier in the year. Would have been easier to beat them. We were playing better football, and the Pack wasn’t where they want to be. Rodgers heats up, and they aren’t the team you want to run into now.

    Just sayin…

  14. lbpackfan says: Oct 25, 2012 3:31 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Oct 25, 2012 3:02 PM
    Uh oh. The Packers were already having a tough time defending their regular season championship from last year. They are one Aaron Rodgers concussion away from hearing; “With the first pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select…”

    ——————————————

    Tough start…robbed a win in Sea…poor play in Indy…back to back road wins including a blowout @ Houston.

    May I ask who your team of choice is, conormacleod? Just curious. Conor….Conor Barth? You a Tampa fan?

  15. jhtobias says: Oct 25, 2012 3:35 PM

    Once again lions and viking trolls. Your teams play indoors.. Your thoughts have no bearing in the nfl. Go troll the arena football league sites..

  16. mrtzl20 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:39 PM

    Jaguars win, 6-3.

  17. copack20 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:39 PM

    Uh oh. The Packers were already having a tough time defending their regular season championship from last year. They are one Aaron Rodgers concussion away from hearing; “With the first pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select…”

    __________________________________

    Thanks for acknowledging Rodgers should be MVP for the next few years (ie Manning, Favre). Such a lucky fan to be part of a great team and organization.

  18. mavajo says: Oct 25, 2012 3:42 PM

    “I thought the Packers would be fine vs. the Colts being banged up. That didn’t pan out.”

    Different situations. Colts were coming off a BYE, playing at home.

    Jags are down their only offensive weapon (MJD), they’ve got the hapless Gabbert at QB, and they’re having to take their show on the road.

    Packers win easily.

  19. tsi431 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:43 PM

    This season is a carbon copy of 2010, and we all know how that ended.

    No Raji, Jennings, Benson, Nelson, Woodson, Shields, Bishop, Smith, and Perry.

    All starters but the Packers will overcome it as usual.

  20. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 25, 2012 4:00 PM

    Its all over Cheeseheads. See you in another 20 years when you get another decent qb. Enjoy the NFC North cellar.

  21. apm says: Oct 25, 2012 4:00 PM

    Actually informative post gets 4 downvotes! Yay PFT!

  22. kblakeshot says: Oct 25, 2012 4:03 PM

    Sign Terrell Owens!

  23. jonny42671 says: Oct 25, 2012 4:07 PM

    Was it the refs fault??

  24. iamthorny says: Oct 25, 2012 4:18 PM

    For the conspiracy enthusiasts… it’s pretty ironic he just finds out a few days prior to the trade deadline that he needs surgery, and waits until the day of the deadline to have it.

    Green Bay would get diddly for an injured nearing 30 something WR now.

    If he comes back and plays lights out he’ll have all 32 teams to potentially jack up the price for his services.

    Well played, 85

  25. deltaoracle says: Oct 25, 2012 4:23 PM

    They need Nelson, but at home vs. the Jags might be one of the rare cases where they’re okay without their 1A and 1B WRs. Best to have Nelson sit a week rather than get him into the same situation Jennings has been in this year. Time for the other guys to take it up a notch.

  26. bordner says: Oct 25, 2012 4:30 PM

    mavajo says:
    Oct 25, 2012 3:42 PM

    “I thought the Packers would be fine vs. the Colts being banged up. That didn’t pan out.”

    Different situations. Colts were coming off a BYE, playing at home.

    —————————

    And that was a very motivated team that they were up against with their coach being a few days out from being diagnosed with Leukemia. I was at that game and although we had a lot of Packer fans there, when the Colts started coming back, their fans came to life and helped them to that victory. You can’t deny the affect that has in those situations.

  27. dahopas says: Oct 25, 2012 4:43 PM

    A Nelson injury really hurts, but it shouldn’t slow this offense down too much. Driver is still reliable and we may even get to see what Boykin has to offer. Don’t take any chances, let Nelson rest a week.

  28. beedubyatoo says: Oct 25, 2012 4:50 PM

    apm says:Oct 25, 2012 2:56 PM

    Honest question, what the heck kind of surgery is Jennings having then that he can be “in the locker room” the following day. And why isn’t the surgery happening today or tomorrow? Weird.
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    Not weird at all if you read Jennings’ statement to the media. Doc tells him it’s a 20-25 minute out patient procedure and he’ll walk out of the surgery center.

    And yes, real airplanes fly between Philly and GB, so he’ll be back Wednesday. The doc and the surgery center probably nave more than one patient, so it will take until Tuesday to do the procedure.

    103

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  29. gnarlswoodson says: Oct 25, 2012 5:05 PM

    Uh oh. The Packers were already having a tough time defending their regular season championship from last year. They are one Aaron Rodgers concussion away from hearing; “With the first pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select…”

    LOL and who exactly are you a fan of? Id love to hear it. Go back to posting on Highlander forums where you might actually sound like you know something about what you’re talking about, fanboy. Men are speaking here, about sports.

  30. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 25, 2012 5:10 PM

    Vikings fans are kind of odd. They say that of the Packers qb goes down, they’ll be bad.

    That’s like me saying if Adrian Peterson gets hurt (which is FAR more likely, because he’s one of the most injury prone guys in the NFC north) that the Vikings won’t win more than 1 more game.

    Captain Obvious, much?

    They have to be scared, because they’re only one game ahead of the Packers, and even down Jennings AND jordy, the Packers are still a much better football team than any squad Minnesota has put together in the last 5 years.

  31. veence69 says: Oct 25, 2012 5:10 PM

    Get well, Greg. We can’t wait to see a healthy #85 in purple next year!

    – Vikings Nation

  32. packerstexansfan says: Oct 25, 2012 5:12 PM

    Jones is having a solid season. I think he’ll do just fine taking the top spot for now. Lets rest him up. I don’t the Jags defense will give Rodgers fits. And Gabbert/Henne doesn’t scare me one bit.

  33. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 25, 2012 5:14 PM

    It’s not fair that they get to have a bye week against Jacksonville when their receivers are injured and everyone else has to play an NFL team.

  34. castleofcheese says: Oct 25, 2012 5:23 PM

    I’m all about the whole “next man up” thing, but this is getting ridiculous…

  35. kevinzeemail says: Oct 25, 2012 5:29 PM

    Greg Jenningsis the first victim on the “Old Spice Curse.”

  36. tannethrill says: Oct 25, 2012 5:42 PM

    Someone will get a solid deal for Jennings this off season. Maybe he puts together a solid second half to the season but either way the injury history is there.

    I doubt he goes the 1 year contract route at his age so that leads me to believe he’ll go somewhere with some familiarity. Possibly within the division or I suppose Philbin in Miami could be a nice fit but that was the thinking with Flynn too.

  37. scotchrocks says: Oct 25, 2012 5:46 PM

    Anyone blaming all the commercials he did in the offseason?

  38. cusoman says: Oct 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 25, 2012 5:10 PM

    Vikings fans are kind of odd. They say that of the Packers qb goes down, they’ll be bad.

    That’s like me saying if Adrian Peterson gets hurt (which is FAR more likely, because he’s one of the most injury prone guys in the NFC north) that the Vikings won’t win more than 1 more game.

    Captain Obvious, much?

    They have to be scared, because they’re only one game ahead of the Packers, and even down Jennings AND jordy, the Packers are still a much better football team than any squad Minnesota has put together in the last 5 years.

    —————————-

    Fact: Your offense IS Rodgers. He makes any WR look good because he is that good, that is acknowledged. Without him you have no air game, your WRs are nothing without AR. You already have no ground game. So what’s left? Winning games on the off chance Cobb breaks a big one on a kickoff?

  39. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 25, 2012 6:10 PM

    @cusoman

    Duh.

    Same with Peterson.

    Read what’s written.

  40. teal379 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:14 PM

    @ cusoman – wait, I thought he was just a system QB because Flynn went off on the Lions?

    Which is it? Aaron’s the offense and he’s good or he’s not good and anyone can play in that offense (thus losing Aaron wouldn’t hurt GB like you say)

  41. jimmysee says: Oct 25, 2012 7:47 PM

    cusoman says:
    Oct 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    “Fact: Your offense IS Rodgers. He makes any WR look good because he is that good, that is acknowledged. Without him you have no air game, your WRs are nothing without AR. You already have no ground game. So what’s left? Winning games on the off chance Cobb breaks a big one on a kickoff?

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    Dang! And after Matt Flynn’s big game against the fearsome Loins last year, all we heard from the geniuses of football was that Rogers is a “system QB!”

    Make up your mind guys. Can’t be both.

  42. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    So you mean if the Packer lose the league MVP, they’re in trouble?

    That’s some profound stuff right there.

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