UPDATE: Yep, Jennings is having surgery, and according to the Packer Report, the recovery time is worse than what was initially reported, and Jennings could miss up to six weeks. That means although Jennings says his injury isn’t a season-ending one, he means that only as it applies to reality. Since this worse-case scenario has him out until possibly about Week 15, his ability to play for your fake team again this year is now in serious doubt. And even if he can hurry back for that late-season date, will you really be that confident starting a receiver who’s been out for six weeks during the first round of the fantasy playoffs in most leagues? Sleep on it, and have a good cry, but it may be time to cut Jennings and move on.
In other broken Packers receiver news, Jordy Nelson is fighting through a hamstring injury and won’t test it until Saturday at the earliest, meaning he’s steaming towards game-time decision status. That’s right, there’s a chance Donald Driver could become somewhat relevant again, at least for one weekend.
As we reach the turn in the 2012 NFL season, many presumed studs in August have provided many reasons to break things. Matthew Stafford hates you, Cam Newton hates himself, and Aaron Rodgers has only recently started to be Aaron Rodgers.
But at least those guys are, you know, playing. Greg Jennings isn’t. He isn’t practicing either, and now there’s increasing concern that he may need surgery, and he’s not just dealing with your standard-issue groin malady.
For Jennings owners, the video below is now completely unnecessary. Also, we don’t recommend ever sticking your head between your legs for 30 seconds, and lifting it up really, really fast.
Jennings has only played in three games this year after initially straining his groin in Week 1. He then missed Week 2, but came back in Week 3 and didn’t seem like Greg Jennings at all. Then there was a re-aggravation in Week 4, and we haven’t seen Jennings since, meaning a wide receiver who was widely a second-round pick in re-draft leagues has already missed a quarter of the season, and it’s not about to get much better.
That’s because of the aforementioned possibility that surgery is forthcoming, as he could be dealing with something more serious. Specifically, a sports hernia could be restricting the Packers’ top wideout, which is why head coach Mike McCarthy told Adam Schein this afternoon on NFL Radio that after seeing a specialist earlier this week, Jennings could opt to undergo a procedure.
“Jennings is going through the options right now, and surgery is one,” McCarthy said.
As Rotoworld notes, if he does indeed go under the knife, the surgery won’t be of the season-ending variety. The worst-case scenario would have Jennings out for another month, getting him back into your lineup and presumably healthy just in time for the fantasy playoffs. That’s of course assuming the black plague cast upon him has been lifted by then.
Ideally if you’re a Jennings owner you made a claim on either James Jones or Randall Cobb weeks ago, and you’ll continue to roll with one of them. There’s still a slim chance that Cobb is available, as he’s out there in 23 percent of ESPN leagues, whereas Jones is only floating around the free agent pool in four percent.
Given how well the Packers’ offense has performed recently sans Jennings, there’s little need to rush him back, as they can easily afford to be patient and allow him to rest and finally return at full health. Over their last two games Rodgers has passed for 680 yards on 9.1 yards per attempt, while Jones has six touchdowns since Jennings went down for the second time, and Cobb has 273 receiving yards and three touchdowns since Week 5.