Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings will have surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle on Tuesday.
Jennings said that he expected to be back in the locker room on Wednesday after the 20-25 minute outpatient procedure, but wasn’t willing to attach himself to a timeline for getting back on the field when he announced his decision on Thursday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that doctors expect him to be sidelined about three weeks. If that holds, Jennings could make his return on Nov. 25 against the Giants after missing two games beyond this week’s matchup with the Jaguars.
With Jennings set to become a free agent after this season, the amount of time he’s lost to injury this season could wind up impacting the contract he signs before next year. While Jennings regrets not getting the surgery earlier in the season, he said Thursday that he thinks he’s done enough to show teams what they’d get if they signed him to a contract.
“Free agency will take care of itself. Hopefully, I’ve put on film certain plays that I’m able to make and showcase my talents,” Jennings said. “Right now, I have to take care of myself and do what’s best for me.”
The Packers might also be without Jordy Nelson, who will test his aching hamstring on Saturday, against the Jaguars this week. If so, it will be up to Randall Cobb, James Jones and the other healthy Packers receiver to keep up the resurgent passing offense we’ve seen the last two weeks.