Earlier today we shared the latest on Greg Jennings’ knee, an injury update that fell somewhere between depressing, and mildly encouraging. Now we have the final update on the Packers receiver, and it falls on the positive side of that vast chasm.
Head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the media this afternoon, and it was clear almost immediately that he was in good spirits because he asked if the reporters present were tweeting. Surely a small country then folded in on itself if a reporter responded by saying that they’re tweeting about him asking if they’re tweeting about anything.
That important business came after McCarthy gave the official timetable for Jennings’ recovery, which led to a rash of workplace streaking erupting in Green Bay, and said streakers were apprehended by police officers with Packers logos on their badges. McCarthy said that Jennings will be out for two-to-three weeks, and added that it’s “safe to say” he’ll be ready for the playoffs.
He also confirmed that Jennings has a knee sprain, although it’s not nearly as severe as what was first feared. Initial speculative reports indicated that Green Bay’s top receiver could be set to miss up to six weeks, or possibly the remainder of the season, including the playoffs.
If Jennings does indeed recover within the time frame outlined by McCarthy, he’ll be ready to begin practicing by the end of the regular season, long before the Packers’ opening playoff game during the second weekend of January.
With his habit of spreading the ball around, adjusting to life without Jennings for the remainder of the season as Green Bay continues its pursuit of history shouldn’t be too difficult for Aaron Rodgers. Since their Week 8 bye, Jordy Nelson actually has more receptions and receiving yards, with 27 catches for 492 yards, while Jennings has 25 receptions for just 272 yards.
As far as history and their undefeated season is concerned, Jennings will clearly be missed, but the Packers play the Chiefs on the road this week in Kansas City’s first game with an interim head coach, followed by the severely depleted Bears at home.
The only test could be the Lions in Week 17 at Lambeau, a team that’s faded, and was already beaten 27-15 by the Packers on Thanksgiving Day.