Earlier this week, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings returned to practice after missing Week 2 with a groin injury. It was widely reported that Jennings was healthy, and would most likely play in this Monday’s tilt with the Seattle Seahawks.
Fantasy owners of Jennings and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers rejoiced! Their boy(s) was almost certain to make a huge impact this week, and they could feel it in their bones (I’m pretty sure that’s a medical condition and they should probably get that looked at).
Turns out these celebrations were premature, and Jennings/Rodgers owners should re-cork the champagne and put away those ridiculous party hats. Jennings suffered a setback today in practice.
From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s coverage of Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference:
Jennings worked rehab on Thursday. Didn’t go as well as hoped. It wasn’t what was expected when we saw him Tuesday. Saw him run, but didn’t think he was ready to practice Tuesday. Will wait to see this week.
With Jennings suffering a set-back, I would keep him firmly planted on my bench. And if you are waiting until the last minute to make your decision, you should probably pick up another Green Bay WR just in case if possible.
This could be a good opportunity to pick up Randall Cobb, who’s now far more widely owned than he was a few weeks ago, but is still somehow available in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues. With Jordy Nelson sliding up the WR depth chart, it’s very likely that Cobb becomes the Packers’ WR2.
Failing that, since it’s Thursday and waiver claims went through early Wednesday morning, the free agent pickings are pretty thin. But if you’re desperate and in a deep league, Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline is a decent emergency play despite his matchup this week that’s the very opposite of good (still hate you, Darrelle Revis). He’s owned in just 12 percent of Yahoo leagues, and had 111 receiving yards last week.
A better option could be Bengals wideout Andrew Hawkins, who gets the ball frequently in open space and is given the opportunity to break out for big gains. He has a still tough but more favorable matchup against the Redskins’ secondary this week, and he’s owned in only five percent of ESPN leagues after accumulating 156 receiving yards over two weeks, including a 50-yard TD in Week 2.
Look out, here comes more hurt…
- Steven Jackson (groin)- The Rams RB missed practice again today with a strained groin, and it looks unlikely that he’ll play this weekend. [Jim Thomas]
- Calvin Johnson (ankle)- Megatron returned to practice today, but was limited. This shouldn’t stop the Lions WR from playing against the Titans on Sunday, so you shouldn’t hesitate to have him in your starting lineup. [Detroit Lions.com]
- Darrelle Revis (concussion)- Great news for owners of the Jets defense as Revis has been cleared for contact and will most likely play in Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. [Manish Mehta]
- Jonathan Stewart (toe)- The Panther’s RB is very unlikely to suit up for tonight’s game against the New York football Giants. Owners of backup DeAngelo Williams are all sporting inappropriate erections right now. [The Score]
- Pierre Garcon (foot)- Garcon was limited again today in practice, and Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan isn’t confident that the WR will make his return week. [Chris Russell]