No Clay Matthews for Packers, but Greg Jennings should return

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The Packers won’t have linebacker Clay Matthews back in the lineup against the Vikings this weekend, but it looks like they’ll have Greg Jennings catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.

Jennings is listed as probable on the Friday injury report after getting through an entire week of practice, signaling the end of his absence after seven games thanks to a torn abdominal muscle that required surgical repair. Jason Wilde of reports that coach Mike McCarthy said Jennings’ playing time would be determined by the flow of the game, but there doesn’t seem to be any preconceived snap count in mind for the wideout.

McCarthy also discussed Matthews’ status, which isn’t good enough to allow him to return to action after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. He hasn’t done anything in practice all week, although McCarthy did say he’s seen some improvement as Matthews rehabs.

“He’s making progress, he’s just not ready to play,” McCarthy said.

Safety Charles Woodson, cornerback Sam Shields and defensive end C.J. Wilson will also be out on defense for the Packers. Linebacker Terrell Manning is doubtful, which is going to mean they’re thin on that side of the ball come Sunday.

9 responses to “No Clay Matthews for Packers, but Greg Jennings should return

  1. Without Wilson and Matthews (not to mention Desmond Bishop) the Packers will be hard-pressed to stop Adrian Peterson. This could turn into a real shoot-out, and the Packers will really need Jennings. Hoping that Ponder throws a couple of picks.

  2. I was hoping Jennings would be in Detroit for the Vikings game this weekend. But just in case he does play when the Packers play the VIKINGS this week..

    I think the Vikings should line-up double TE or RB & FB set, and run, run, run all-day with AP. Honestly, I don’t think the depleted Packer defense can stop it, even though they know its coming. Beating down the Packer defense will lead to points, and lots and lots of TOP.

    Best way to keep Rodgers & Co. from having a good game is to keep ’em on the sideline.

  3. @deltaoracle

    Hate to break it to ya, but teams that ONLY run the ball well, rarely engage in shootouts.

    This is a passing game now.

  4. This game hinges more on Rodgers not being on his back than AP running well or not. Plus, AP normally runs wild on GB and it doesn’t matter in the end. Rodgers not getting pressured with Jennings joining the rest of the crew puts GB in the driver seat. Rodgers on his back all game would give Minny a good shot.

  5. Game of the year for the Vikings. A win will put us in the drivers seat, and coupled with a bears loss to seattle, we will be facing the bears next week for the North lead.

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