At this point, you read that headline, and then rolled back over into your black hole of shame. Or, better yet, maybe you have a George Costanza desk at work, and you’re catching a few z’s before leaving the office and continuing your sleep cycle on public transit.
You know the drill by now, Greg Jennings owner. His groin hurts, he’s not practicing, and he’s not about to practice anytime soon.
Shutdown mode is very much the opposite of beast mode. It’s the kind of mode that’s usually reserved for normal mortals, and not professional athletes. But the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that it sounds like Jennings is indeed still in shutdown mode, because there’s only one tonic to soothe a tender groin, and it’s the worst possible remedy for fantasy purposes. Time, and lots of it.
Although he wouldn’t definitively rule himself out for Green bay’s game this weekend against the Texans, our chances of getting a Jennings sighting remain minimal since he still hasn’t even sprinted at full speed yet, let alone practice and face contact. Jennings told the Sentinel that after missing a game and then re-aggravating the injury, he wants to make sure that he’s nursed it back to full health before returning again.
“I’ve kept things the same, making sure I don’t rush it back like I did before. I’m trying to make sure we do the things we need to do before we go out there and attacking it physically when it comes to actually running on the field and different things like that so that we won’t have a setback.”
When Jennings missed Week 5, it was anticipated that he’d also be out for at least one more game, bringing his missed games total to three over just six weeks. But while a week in NFL injury time is the equivalent to at least three dog years, if he’s not even willing to attempt a full sprint yet, then Jennings’ Week 7 status is also in question.
And if he’s out again then a receiver who was widely a second-round pick will have already missed a quarter of the season, and more games this year than in 2011 (when he missed three). Hopefully you made that James Jones waiver claim last week, because to the surprise of no one he’s now rarely available, and is owned in 82 percent of ESPN leagues, and 79 percent of Yahoo leagues. Your chances are a little better but still pretty scattered with Randall Cobb, who’s owned in 33 percent of ESPN leagues, but 69 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Look out, here comes more hurt…
- Jermicheal Finley (Shoulder): This is where your attention should be if you’d like to be worried about a Packer, because Finley is quickly heading towards being a true game-time call. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
- Hakeem Nicks (knee): There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding Nicks, although his participation in practice even in a limited capacity today is encouraging. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he wasn’t sure if the swelling in Nicks’ knee has gone down. The major test comes tomorrow, when Nicks will likely again be a limited participant, but he’ll see how his injury responds to today’s activity. [Ohm Youngmisuk]
- Matt Cassel (concussion): With Cassel officially ruled out earlier this afternoon, Brady Quinn will start his first game since 2009. The circumstances are unfortunate, but Chiefs fans will finally get the quarterback they deserve, and not the quarterback they need. [USA Today]
- Demaryius Thomas (hip): Thomas was limited today, but relax, he’ll be fine. [Denver Post]
- Julian Edelman (hand): With Edelman practicing today and likely returning to game action along with Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker’s targets could take a hit. [Mike Rodak]
- Robert Griffin III (concussion): Yesterday, RG3 was on track to play. Today, he’s still on track to play, and his participation level in today’s practice was “nearly full.” [CSN Washington]
- Percy Harvin (hamstring): He didn’t miss practice, but he was limited, and an injury that only appears on a Thursday is usually the kind of injury that could reappear on a Sunday. Monitor this tomorrow, but right now there’s little need to worry since Harvin wasn’t pulled from practice. [Tom Pelissero]