Greg Jennings’ recovery takes a step in the wrong direction

AP

On Tuesday, the Packers had wide receiver Greg Jennings back at practice and coach Mike McCarthy said that the team was expecting him to play on Monday night against the Seahawks.

That outlook might have changed. Jennings isn’t practicing Thursday and McCarthy’s assessment of his condition probably won’t fill any Packers fans with optimism about Jennings’ condition. McCarthy was a guest of Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on Sirius XM NFL radio on Thursday before practice and said that Jennings’ return to practice was something less than a smashing success.

“He worked the other day and it didn’t go as well as we thought. I’m curious to see how he goes today. It’s been up and down,” McCarthy said. “I know he’s frustrated and he doesn’t feel like he has a handle on it yet.”

Jennings sat out the Week Two win over the Bears and the hope was that the extended break between games would allow him to recover enough to rejoin the offense. We don’t know if Jennings had a setback or if this is just soreness that might be expected as part of a return to action, but a poor response to a return to physical activity is a pretty good sign that Jennings is still well south of 100 percent. The extra day before taking the field could wind up making a big difference because it sounds like Jennings is going to need as much time as possible to get healthy.