Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings makes a pass while
being pursued by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston
during an NFL pre season football game in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY —
The question is no longer whether Greg Jennings will play Sunday at
Packers coach Mike McCarthy took care of that on Thursday, ruling
the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver out with the groin injury that
has nagged him all season.
"I had a
conversation with Greg before practice, and we just talked through
the history of his injury. And we felt like we were going around in
a circle," McCarthy said. "We just felt, 'Why take this
decision all the way to Sunday?'"
suffered the injury in the closing minutes of Sept. 9 opener against
San Francisco, then missed the Sept. 13 victory over Chicago. He
returned to play at Seattle on Sept. 24, then aggravated the injury
last Sunday against New Orleans and had to come out of the game in
the second quarter after his 9-yard touchdown catch.
got to be smart now," said Jennings, who is in the last year of
his contract and has 12 catches for 78 yards and one touchdown.
"Honestly, that's where my frustration starts. (You want to) be
a tough guy (but it's) not so much (about) being a tough guy - you
just want to go out there and play. There's a difference between
being smart with it and being kind of ignorant. ... I can't keep
having that up and down - I'm in one game, out the next, not sure
one game, good the next. I can't keep doing that to myself or the
The game at
Indianapolis kicks off a three-game road trip for the Packers, as
they'll travel to undefeated Houston for a Sunday night game on Oct.
14 followed by an Oct. 20 date at St. Louis.
the Packers have found themselves adjusting to life without Jennings
a lot. Late last season, Jennings suffered a knee injury on Dec. 11
against Oakland, then missed the final three games against Kansas
City, Chicago and Detroit before returning for the Packers'
season-ending playoff loss to the New York Giants.
missed two weeks of training camp when he suffered a concussion in
the annual Family Night scrimmage. It was the third concussion of
his career, according to team doctors.
Greg Jennings is on the field, we definitely have a chance to be a
very good offense," McCarthy said. "I still think we can
play a different way and play without Greg and still be very good.
I'd always want my best players out there. That's why it's important
to get him healthy and get him back to 100 percent."
these Jennings-less Packers are a glimpse into what the offense will
look like in 2013. Some believe the Packers will let Jennings walk
as an unrestricted free agent after the season because he'll command
a contract that will average more than $10 million per season. With
quarterback Aaron Rodgers, outside linebacker Clay Matthews and
defensive tackle B.J. Raji needing extensions, there might not be
enough money to go around.
frustrated by his injury, Jennings said the contract isn't on his
I'm not even focused on that," he said. "I really need to
get back on the football field and be 100 percent. The contract,
that's going to take care of itself. It's going to be what it's
going to be. I can't predict the future. I couldn't predict this. It
is what it is."