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Jennings out “a couple of weeks”

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 12, 2011 – 3:08 pm

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that receiver Greg Jennings’ knee sprain will keep him out “a couple of weeks” and believes he’ll be back in time for the playoffs.

It appears the Packers dodged a bit of a bullet. McCarthy said Jennings was in good spirits on Monday.

“It always can be worse. That’s why you have further testing,” McCarthy said. “We feel fortunate.”

McCarthy didn’t put a specific timetable on the injury, but said with the initial prognosis of 2-3 weeks, he expects Jennings back in time for the playoffs. The Packers have clinched a first-round bye in the NFC and will play their first playoff game at home on either Jan. 14 or 15.


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55 Responses to “Jennings out “a couple of weeks””

  1. By jakeC on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    too bad he got hurt, but it will end up being a testament to everyone who doesnt see how amazing all the packs WRs are. they will all make up for jennings absence, although, it will still be felt

  2. By VZX on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Whew! I’m glad that it is not serious, like season-ending injury. As long as we win one more game for home-field through out playoffs, we will be OK (and I am sure we will.) Jennings should be OK in 5 weeks. If not, then as long as he is OK for the NFC championship.

  3. By walt on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    hello i shall glad here good news that was not bad it luck it this sperd and be cope week then be out rest the year that god we ok with out greg in there we got cobb or other rec on breanch can do it win get gre back go packer go packers

  4. By Backpack on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    I have noticed more and more “skilled players” wear their uniform pants above the knee, eliminating any usage of the old traditional “knee pad.” Look at the photo above of Jennings — prime example. I know these are not knee braces, etc., but wouldn’t some padding around the knee be better than none?

  5. By BrianG on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, The Packers dodged a bullet. I believe that having Greg ready for the playoff will give our team a lift.
    It’s going to be interesting who will see more action…my call is on Finley or Driver.

  6. By TSohn on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply


  7. By Nick on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    2-3 weeks…been sitting on needles all day…will sleep better tonight

  8. By i3addog on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Thank God Ted Thompson signed James Jones in the off season. He played some great football late last year and we need him to do the same again this year.

  9. By Dale T. on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Thank God!!!! I seriously couldn’t enjoy the game after he went out. We def. need him for the playoffs. He’ll be fresh and ready to go! Go Pack Go.

    And p.s. I don’t think the injury was caused by impact, more from an over extending issue. I don’t think knee pads would of made a difference.

  10. By John on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Glad to hear it at least it didn’t cost him a season and next. If it was an ACL tear he probably would be out until sometime in the middle of next season. You hate to see these guys get hurt to this is better news than it could have been. He’ll be fresher for playoff run. Greg is like all the team players a good guy, and a class act all the way.
    Go Pack GO!!!!

  11. By Clayton on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Jennings will take this time to get healthy and rested for a long playoff run. Its time to get the ball to james jones, who I am sure will be hard to handle for these last few teams we have left in regular season. Extremly excited for how our team plays and conducts themselves on and off the field.

  12. By Charlie on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully Finley and Driver will step it up. Finley needs to focus on catching the ball. He’s dropped too many passes this season.

  13. By Kimbre on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Team Driver AND Team Finley! Go Pack Go!
    This is gonna be some INTENSE football!!!

  14. By LambeauLeap on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Backpack – Most skilled players don’t wear knee, hip or thigh pads. The NFL game is all about speed and most players find this extra padding to restrictive.

  15. By Justin C on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    So glad for Greg. Those saying it wouldn’thave mattereddeny the leadership Greg has shown. This is really great news. Whew!

  16. By MatthewsFan on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully this time of rest will have Jennings even better than top condition in the playoffs.
    I also think that Rodgers has a great arsenal of receivers to choose from. However, I hope that Finley will kinda be able to get out of a slump of sorts and hold onto the ball. I am really praying that Finley will be able to make some big plays in Jennings’ place.

  17. By Rick on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Glad to hear …we’ll be fine I’m sure..that’s how this team is built..Hawk and Bishop go down the next in line step in and do great…Look at last years Super Bowl run..second and third string…take your time Greg..we need you 100%in the Playoffs

  18. By Michael on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Good news. Better news is that the team should be 100% healthy come playoffs (of course minus Collins and Quarless out for the year). Getting Sitton and Clifton back will be huge, as well as AJ and Desmond. I also love the fact that this year the team will be going into the playoffs with 3 running backs. This team will be more dangerous in the playoffs and the D looked good yesterday. I believe this team expects to be 19-0 this year and I look forward to continuing to watch history being made.

  19. By Nick on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Glad to hear it’s not too serious. Still, I’m sure you’re not too thrilled. You’re a beast out there and needed big time for the final push to a repeat S.B. Rest up brother and stay positive. See you soon.

  20. By Dan on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Backpack, if you look at the replay in slow motion you can see all if fine until the knee is on the ground and is twisted around due to another player landing on top of the knee in an awkward way. Knee pads really don’t do a whole lot. They are meant to keep the knee bone from making direct contact with helmets and shoulder pads when tackling. However, its generally thought that the knee pad is intended for younger children. That is why you see high school age players and college players cut the knee pad down to the minimum size. Regardless if it was worn or not, Jennings injury still most likely would have occured.

  21. By kris reyes on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Its still to bad he was so close to getting his 1000 yard season

  22. By Jordan on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Knee pads wouldn’t have helped an injury like this, this injury was due to ligaments in the knee, it just went too far the wrong way.

  23. By Mary B on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Thank Goodness it is just a sprain and nothing more serious. We can get by the next 3 games without Greg but we really need him in the playoffs.

  24. By MICHELLE on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply


  25. By Marco on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    James Jones will show his worth in the next few games. He’s a solid receiver and would be in the top 2 in most teams in the NFL. It sucks that Jennings is out but at least it’s only a couple of weeks. No doubt that Greg Jennings is a special player, but I believe that James Jones can do the job, even though he hasn’t seen too much action this season.

  26. By ROBERT V on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    glad #85 will be back in 2-3 weeks.This will show some nonbelivers that its Rodgers that the packers are where they are at.

  27. By w_km on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    All these “thank goodness” and “whew!” comments are a testament to Jennings’s amazing talent and contributions to the team. Keep up the good work Mr Jennings, hope you are 100% for the playoffs! Go pack!

  28. By Nick on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    I agree!!! Finley NEEDS to start catching the dang ball. All that signing he does after a good catch, Says it stands for “year of the takeover”! He needs to just catch the ball and then worry about taken something over!!! I love J. Finley and his skills. He needs to play each down like his last because he really has not done much to show why he deserves to be paid like the 3 top tight ends in the NFL. I’ve some things that make you say WOW but nothing worth 9 million a year.

  29. By Patrick B on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    The Pack still has Driver, Nelson, Finley, Jones, Cobb, Taylor, Grant….the list goes on and on. Greg J will be fully rested to be the catalyst in the playoffs like he was last year. 19-0 Here We GO !!!!

  30. By Danny on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    The Packer faithful just took a huge collective sigh of relief upon learning of the temporary nature of Greg Jennings’ injury. The number of comments here is a testament to Greg’s popularity and respect for his talent. Can’t wait to see him suited up again!!!

  31. By R.A. on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    This is the best news I heard today!!!

  32. By Michael on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t blame Jermichael for being inconsistent. Dropping the ball hell yeah I’ll blame him for that but look at the offense. Jennings is the clear number 1, Jordy has finally emerged as the number 2, plus Ole’ Reliable Double D and JJ. Didn’t even mention Randall Cobb. If you all remember Jermichael was the primary target before he was injured last year. I expect him to resume that role until Jennings gets back which will only help the Pack. In all honesty Jermichael needs this and hopefully it will get him into a grove before the playoffs.

  33. By Teasa on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Oh thank god!! I almost cried when he went down!! =( SO GLAD we will have him for the playoffs! I expect to see some more of Cobb which I love!!! =D GO PACK GO!!!

  34. By Toño on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Que bueno que no es tan severa su lesion. Se le quiere en México.
    We want to see him catch 10 more touchdowns this year yet.

  35. By Almond on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    This is wonderful news! It was an agonizing wait to get an update regarding his injury. I’m sure the rest of our WRs will step up their game in GJ’s absence. But it sure will be great to have all our weapons back come playoff time. Speedy recovery to you GJ. Go Pack Go!

  36. By corncob on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    A great relief to hear Greg has just a minor setback. We want him well rested for the final push and altimate goal of the Pack since day one this season, the REPEATING SUPERBOWLS CHAMPS!!! Go Pack Go!!!

  37. By Fuzzy on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Great news! He’s such a good guy… does his job without a lot of hoopla. Glad to see he’ll be back soon!

  38. By Jacques Lafleur on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    I bet Cobb has a brief smile on his face when her heard the news…hope Jennings is ok and recovers soon!

  39. By brett ellenberger on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Lucky he’s not out for the season, I feel like randall cobb and jermichael finley will get used more now. GO PACK

  40. By Thomas Wiss on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Aaron Rodger’s 53 incomplete passes in the last 4 games will not add to a plus in this area with Greg out! Mr.Finley start producing!!

  41. By JUSTIRON on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    GREAT NEWS,I believe we have enough weapons on offense to get the job done till greg is healthy and comes back.He just seems to be a great person and always laughing and smileing sure hes a great team mate.What i was dreading the most was him not being on the field to share in the history being made this year.He helped us to get where we are this year and were last year.Heal up and come back when the playoff start,you need to be a big part of this, your special your a PACKER

  42. By Dapackerfan on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Great news!…in the meantime, Jones and Cobb will get more opportunities ..these injuries to Clifton, Sitton, Hawk and Bishop end up just making us deeper for our playoff run….

  43. By Pete on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Graet news…


    “hello i shall glad here good news that was not bad it luck it this sperd and be cope week then be out rest the year that god we ok with out greg in there we got cobb or other rec on breanch can do it win get gre back go packer go packers”

    WHAT!…. Oh I get it. Lol, A green eyed rival trying to be funny. Haaaaaaa HA HA HA

    And I am still laughing, AT YOU, DUNCE


  44. By Mike on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been waiting for Randall Cobb to get more touches because of his explosiveness. I would think he will fill the slot routes that Jennings ran and Mr. Jones will be the split end. Next man up, keep rolling boys, what a great ride we are on!

  45. By Gabe on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Nothing like an early X-mas gift. I’m sure the rest of the recievers will pick up the slack. Get well soon Greg and we’ll see you in the playoffs.

  46. By steve Petrillose on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Great team, great coaching very supportive fans…
    Have been a fan since the Bart Starr days…

  47. By td4s12 on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply


  48. By Buketmouth on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Filling his shoes is not an issue…we have the depth. One thing that is huge when Jennings is in is that he usually attracts the attention of the defense’s best CB leaving Nelson, Driver, Finley, etc. to run circles around the rest of the D.

  49. By GB\Azaziel/GB on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    It don’t matter. We won superbowl last year with most of our best players out injured. We can do it again.

  50. By Zazen Life on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    The Packers will be fine, Aaron Rodgers is a beast and no doubt in my mind that he is going to have an undefeated season..

    Either way lets just laugh it off by hearing Aaron Rodgers making fun of Kyle Vanden-Bosch:


  51. By jason on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I know we’ve heard it said before a thousand times, but we have the best team, best character players, best fans, best stadium, best organization in all of football. I don’t know if we realize how blessed we fans are to have such a class organizatin and possibly be witnessing NFL history! Regardless of how this season turns out, I for one am truly proud to be a Packer fan!

  52. By Cali on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Rest Jennings ’till the playoffs. Don’t risk further injury and have him 100% when the playoffs start. Sure, Rodgers does have alot of weapons, but Jennings is one he can’t afford to lose. McCarthy. if you read this, REST JENNINGS!! 13-0 and GO PACK GO!!

  53. By John Shaffstall on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    When reality sets in, it really sets in. It wasn’t over-confidence, it wasn’t mistakes, it wasn’t the refs. It was the Packers playing AT their real potential. There is no-way they will beat the Bears or the Lions. This is a team that is falling from grace. It cannot respond with victory.

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