There was some talk that Greg Jennings could possibly return the the Green Bay Packers lineup this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although his official status remains unchanged, the chance of him playing seems doubtful after reports surfaced Wednesday that Jennings was seeing a specialist for a groin injury that has slowed him all season.
Jennings’ injury dates back to the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. The injury forced him to sit out the next game, but he was able to return in Week 3 before reaggravating the injury in a win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. He has not played since.
I’m certainly no doctor. In fact, I always did pretty terribly in science at school, but I know enough that it’s never a good sign when an athlete goes to see a “specialist.” It seems to be a red flag that the current treatment program is not sufficient or satisfactory. Seeing a specialist suggests, to me, that the player or the coaches or the doctors are concerned about some aspect of the injury. If all is going as planned or expected, there doesn’t seem to be a need to see a specialist. All of this is speculative on my part, of course, but I think this story is one to follow closely for Green Bay fans and Greg Jennings adorers like myself. It was earlier reported that Jennings was scheduled to undergo a “run test” on Thursday to see if he would be allowed to practice Friday, but whether that is still the plan in light of his visit to the specialist is uncertain.
Jennings is awesome and the Packers would obviously love to have him back, but they’re not desperate for him right now. The offense has been dominant the last two weeks and Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Randall Cobb have covered nicely for Jennings’ absence. Furthermore, the Packers face the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals in the next two weeks before having their bye. There’s no reason to rush Jennings back. I think it would be wise to hold off until after the bye to make sure the injury is fully healed and Jennings is back to speed before putting him on the field.