After finishing 15-1 during the regular season in 2011, the Green Bay Packers face a difficult challenge heading into Week 2 as they look to bounce back from a Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers when they take on their division rivals–the Chicago Bears. If the Packers have any chance of beating the Bears on Thursday, they’ll need their receivers to step it up more for Aaron Rodgers in the passing game.
Unfortunately, it looks like Green Bay may have to find a way without one of their top wide receivers—Greg Jennings.
After suffering a groin injury against the 49ers and missing practice on Tuesday, there’s a good chance the Packers will have to play without their star wideout. It’s one thing for Jennings to miss a few days of practice leading up to the game, but the fact that Green Bay is playing on Thursday instead of Sunday this week puts Jennings at a disadvantage when it comes to rest.
With a shorter week of recovery—the Packers may have no choice but to rest Jennings just to play it safe.
If this ends up happening, Rodgers will have no choice but to rely more on other key players in the passing game such as Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Randall Cobb. Losing Jennings for Week 2 is the last thing Green Bay wants to deal with considering a loss to Chicago puts them at an 0-2 start, but unfortunately—this is one of those situations where they may have no choice but to rest him to avoid losing him for even more games during the regular season.
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