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Jennings ‘extremely frustrated’

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 3, 2012 – 4:30 pm

So far in 2012, WR Greg Jennings has experienced a concussion that kept him out of two preseason games, a groin injury that sidelined him for Week 2 against Chicago, and now a re-aggravation of that groin injury that could keep him out even longer.

He described himself as “extremely frustrated” at everything he’s having to deal with this season, which is the final year of his current contract. After missing the Bears game, Jennings played in Week 3 in Seattle and experienced some pain, which he felt was normal.

Then early last Sunday against the Saints, he said he “tweaked” it and it gradually got worse to the point he was telling his teammates he knew he wouldn’t be able to finish the game. He did catch his first TD pass of the season against New Orleans.

“Seven years playing this game at this level, I’ve never experienced what I’ve experienced this year,” said Jennings, emphasizing that he’s not worried about his contract situation. “It’s new territory for me, but I’m getting through it.

“You feel like everything’s OK, but the moment you go to do something you’re accustomed to doing it’s just not there. Only time will allow that to come back. I have to take the time.”

How much time is unknown at this point. He said the plan will be to ease him back into things once he feels healthy again, saying only of the timetable, “however long it takes.”

“Now it’s just a matter of being smart,” Jennings said. “I can’t keep having that up-and-down, in-one-game-out-the-next. I can’t keep doing that to myself or the team.”

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23 Responses to “Jennings ‘extremely frustrated’”

  1. By Howard Paley on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Greg Jennings,

    I hope you get well soon. The Packers need you, and I feel your frustration. I am one of your biggest fans. Take care, and get well soon, because I am pulling for you to get back on the field, and make those fantastic and unusual catches to win the game.

  2. By Doug on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    It looks like Mr. Jennings might get the dreaded injury prone tag soon. Last 4 games of last year and know this don’t know if you can pay him all that money he will want

  3. By Franklin Rizzo on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers gotta let Jennings heal 100% from this. So when he’s deemed fully ready to go, you then hold him out another week or two.

    Then bring him back.

    We learned very well last year (bad lesson) and the year before (great lesson), that what really happens in October and November don’t matter much in the big picture.

    You just need 2 things: A) make the playoffs, B) play your best football in January to get to the Super Bowl.

    If this causes Jennings to lose a little on his next contract, perhsps we can afford to keep him.
    But that’s extremely unlikely.

  4. By toolkien on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    1) The Packers are probably going to be without Jennings after this year, so might as well let him heal up and figure out life without him.

    2) Give it a month and then Jennings can get some showcase reps for his future.

    At the end of the day, Jennings was pretty important to the team the last 7 years and he’s likely the odd man out in the salary cap carousel. But the Packers have to design life without him at some point, and this nagging injury makes that time now instead of next preseason. Roll with it and be ahead of the curve on the situation instead of hanging onto old schemes. Time for McCarthy et al to forge the future now. There’s enough overall talent, it’s just a matter of developing it into Jenning-less schemes. At the end of the day, it’s Mrs. McCarthy who is the net loser on this as MM will have to spend more time on Lombardi Avenue instead of at home. Put it this way, the Packers are 4-4 since Jennings started this run of injuries (ankle last year, concussion, groin). The Packers have to figure out a 12-4 caliber team without Jennings, not an 8-8 teem.

  5. By Aria on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    It’s baffling to see in these comments so little respect for a classy player such as Jennings has proven to be over the years.

    Please, also note when he is not on the field or 100%, the team struggles on offence.

    Kind regards

    p.s.: big good luck to you Mr. Jennings for this year. Hope you stay with GB

  6. By TimthePackerFan on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    I’d rather see Jennings sit until his healthy so we have him for the playoffs!!

  7. By Daniel85 on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Well that’s smartest thing to do. Good Health is all we have because there is no life after!

  8. By Daniel85 on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    He did beautiful in Sundays game against the saints i’m praying he has a full recovery and that God greater things instore for him. For all of us! Bless Yall

  9. By Rodell on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    He will get the tag next year. I love GJ but he is starting to become injury prone…in fact i will say have bad luck. I don’t like the term injury prone to someone who never really had a history of injuries until last season.

  10. By dety ernie on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    I like Jennings and wish him the best. He knows this is a contract year when players like to shine to get a better contract or a better situation. Understandably he would be frustrated.

    Jennings was hurt quite a bit last year and missed games. This year he missed two pre-season games, one regular season game plus most of game 4 and were only at game five. He is likely to miss another two or three games.

    The Packers have Cobb, plus Borel on the practice squad available. The past several drafts have been loaded with receivers. Hate to say it but Mr Jennings future with the team may be a short one. All the injuries will cause potential trade partners to back away or give little or nothing for him. Too Bad.

  11. By Scott on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Greg Jennings is a very good WR and I don’t think the Packers should get rid of him instead keep him. Why would you throw something that good to a different team? Sometimes as it happens it can come back to haunt you if you get rid of a really good WR like Jennings. I always liked what Jennings has brought to the table and there will be times you are bound to get injuried but that’s expected to happen when your playing football it comes to the territory. I will be praying for you Jennings to get better and be in great health and a full recovery. God Bless you Brother Jennings!

  12. By Jackie on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Miss you Greg but your Health should come first.

  13. By Rick on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed, let him get healthy.

  14. By perry on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with aria some of these comments are crazy.
    All anyone needs to do is look at last year when jennings was healthy and when he was not to see he makes a MAJOR difference in this offense. Let him sit a couple of games and hopefully come back strong for the rest of this year and many more to follow.

  15. By gbpfan4life on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Like I said a few weeks ago before Jennings reinjured himself.
    Money can’t buy happiness, but, it sure helps. Same with Greg Jennings. We don’t necessarily need Jennings to win but, it would be nice. As long as we have Driver, do we really have to sweat it?. Driver has not shown any drop off in effectiveness. Another injury to Jennings along with added rehab time would lose him for alot more games.
    The question now becomes, how many games will be missed, and once returned, how effective can Jennings be with all the practice time missed between Jennings and Rogers?. Get Well, Greg!. For your sake, and the Packers!

  16. By kevmimcc on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Keep him out till he’s healthy and save him for the playoffs. On a side note, these injuries might lower his value enough that GB can keep him.

  17. By Mike on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    Greg Jennings is a class act, on,..and off the field,…period. (since his rookie season!!!) I remember seeing him make plays on family night his rookie season, and telling my brother that he is gonna become something special for the team! He deserves to rest and fully heal, so he can come back 100% He is a very important weapon in the line-up and we will need him the most in the play-offs. I believe he wants to, and will, retire as a Packer. He will get through this, and continue to be as useful as Double D is! Shame on anyone who says the Pack should trade him away! God bless you Greg, and hope you heal stronger than before your injury!

  18. By Larry on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    My prediction/suggestion: Out through the BYE week, and then back at full strength on 11/18 to begin the Division race and end of season push.

  19. By seatoon on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    jennings jennings jennings! your a soldier my boy and i know you will overcome this frustration feeling but you have to get better. remember the G on your helmet stands for greatness and that sir you are not lacking!!!!

  20. By Tundraboy on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    Bye Greg, you’ve been a really good player (not great) but its time to move on. You’re too fragile to be available on a week to week basis and your current comments suggest you might fit in better in Detroit or Dallas. Too bad you couldn’t leave the way you came in- with a little humility and class.

  21. By George on Oct 6, 2012 | Reply

    These injuries may be a blessing in disquise. We may get to keep him afterall. I like that.

  22. By Big D on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    @gbpfan4life, if you think that Driver is still a suitable replacement for Jennings, then I would suggest you look into having lazer refractive surgery.

  23. By Mike from Chicago on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    Jennings will continue to perform no matter where he ends up. Look at our record without him! Miserable. Not sure we can make the playoffs without him! What in the world has happened to Jordy? Is anyone hungry other than DD and JJ?

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