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Oh, sweet. Another wide receiver injury, except this one matters.

It matters a lot, and Greg Jennings owners would almost prefer if their No. 1 wideout snapped a bone of some kind. Just not a big bone. No, it would specifically have to be a small bone, one that would only keep him out for a few weeks, giving him time to heal and return at full health.

I don’t know what that bone would be, or where exactly it’s located. But Jennings is slowly proving that a muscle injury that lingers and nags is far more troublesome than the bone that breaks, heals, and allows the player in question to continue on merrily with his high-level existence.

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We’re still about eight hours away from the kickoff of tonight’s game between the Packers and Seahawks in Seattle, and that’s a long time in the life of an NFL body. But generally, if an injury is trending in one direction this close to gametime, a drastic shift needs to occur to change that course.

So with that, I give you reason for glee, Greg Jennings owner. He’s expected to play tonight, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, even though his groin injury is still described as “lingering.”

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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.

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Football player wants to play football like macho football brute, but he can’t because he has a football injury. Now football man is sad.

This is the first of what will surely be 16 Greg Jennings updates we’ll have prior to tonight’s game, because we’re dealing with a major last-minute roster decision already here in Week 2. Although I’d argue that at this point since Jennings has already been listed as doubtful and his chances of playing reside only somewhere around 50-50, your decision should already be made. Sit him, because even if he tries to play tonight, he’ll be more Boobie Miles than Bobby Baun, and be limited and ineffective.

But some of you don’t have that luxury, because maybe you’re in a really deep keeper or dynasty league where James Jones and Randall Cobb were long gone at the draft, and therefore even Jennings at 60 or 70 percent is much better than no Jennings at all. To you, I give the gift of hope, courtesy of ESPN’s Rachel Nichols earlier today and PFT.

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Probable, questionable and doubtful. Of the three words most mentioned in weekly injury reports, the latter is the one you really don’t want to see. Greg Jennings owners should have a replacement for the Green Bay wide receiver ready.

After managing five receptions for 34 yards, Jennings was pulled in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game due to a groin injury. Today, Packers beat writer Tyler Dunne stated Jennings is doubtful for tomorrow night’s game against the Bears along with Davon House and James Starks.

Jennings’ owners pain is the gain of those with Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb on their team.

Maintenance days for Megatron, Nicks and Foster

Getting destroyed physically every seven days requires plenty of rest during the week, so don’t fret. Nicks’ foot injury didn’t flare up last Wednesday and the WR indicated he’ll be at practice tomorrow. Though Jim Schwartz wouldn’t say why Calvin Johnson was absent from Lions practice today, rotoworld believes it’s nothing serious. Arian Foster left practice today because he wasn’t feeling well.

Rashad Jennings could play on Sunday

Jennings’ MRI didn’t show significant damage to his knee according to Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey. It’s not a given the RB will miss Sunday’s game against the Texans, but with another week of practice under MJD’s belt, Jennings has been one of the most widely dropped players this week and shouldn’t be much of an option for fantasy owners.

Steve Smith limited in practice

Wearing a knee brace is never a good sign. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Steve Smith was wearing one today after being limited in practice according to beat reporter Joe Person. This could mean another big week is in store for Brandon LaFell.

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Updating the concern, loathing, and fear we expressed earlier today regarding Greg Jennings and his groin, as expected the injury was enough to keep him out of practice today.

That means Jennings only has one more day to practice on even a limited basis to have a faint hope of playing Thursday night when the Packers host the Bears. Still hate you, short weeks.

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Greg Jennings might not be able to put his team on his back this week, bro.

When Jennings left Green Bay’s loss to San Francisco late in the game, the severity of his groin injury was unclear. But what was clear to every Jennings owner is this: short weeks suck.

If his injury was anything more than a mild aggravation, Jennings’ status would automatically be in serious doubt with the short turnaround for the Packers’ Thursday night game against the Bears this week, and therefore he’d have three fewer days to rest and receive treatment. And indeed last night we learned that’s the case, as his status remains uncertain today after head coach Mike McCarthy said that following the game Jennings “didn’t feel very good,” but his condition improved somewhat on Monday.

We’ll update this situation later today with our daily journey around the NFL’s training tables, but you should already start preparing to dig into your bench depth if you own Jennings, or to scour the waiver wire if you’re in a deep league. Of course, if you’re the proud owner of Jordy Nelson, this news is reason for great glee.

Jennings missed the final three games of last season, which included one of the Packers’ showdowns against the division rival Bears. So with Jennings out and all of Aaron Rodgers’ attention focused on him when the offense was looking to stretch the field, Nelson had six receptions for 115 yards (including a 55-yard catch) and two touchdowns. That’s a cool 17 fantasy points, but Nelson wasn’t the only receiver to benefit from Jennings’ absence.

When the dominoes fell and someone needed to fill the No. 2 hole because Nelson was busy filling the No. 1 hole, James Jones received the increase in receptions and targets. That resulted in 50 receiving yards and two touchdowns of his own during that Week 16 game against the Bears, and even this past Sunday with Jennings healthy for most of the game Jones still finished with 81 yards and a score.

Jones is then the immediate pickup for Jennings owners fearing bad news later today, with Randall Cobb another option, although he’ll likely remain the slot receiver. If he doesn’t practice in at least a limited capacity today, the chances that No. 85 will play just two days from now are slim. Settle down, though, my instinctively cliff seeking fantasy friends, because Jones is available in 77 percent of Yahoo leagues, a number that jumps to 87 percent in ESPN leagues.

Make the precautionary move now, and consider it a one-week handcuff.

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