Jennings is nursing a groin injury suffered in Sunday’s 30-22 season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
With the short turnaround between the 49ers game and this one, expect Jennings to sit out of this important game as a precautionary measure.
Head coach Mike McCarthy knows that the NFL season is a marathon, not a sprint, and the Packers have a multitude of other options including Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb, and even veteran Donald Driver. The Packers aren’t going to take any chances with one of their most important offensive players; they would rather haveJenningsplay every other week of the season rather then risk him to re-injury.
In his place, expect Randall Cobb to have an even bigger role than he already was going to have this year. Cobb is the only player on the team that has similar speed and size to Jennings (Driver has the size but doesn’t have the speed anymore).
Regardless of whether or not he plays, expect the Packers’ receiving corps to have a good day against a Bears’ defensive backfield that leaves a lot to be desired.
Losing Jennings will certainly be a blow to the Packers’ big-play offense, but if they are an elite team as most think they are, then they won’t let the loss of just one player hurt them, even if that player is their biggest offensive threat.
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