Greg Jennings: Packers WR's Groin Injury and Fantasy Value Update

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2012

Star Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings tweaked his groin in his team's 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Associated Press reported the news and added that his status for the Packers' Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears is "unclear." 

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 24 at 7:20 p.m. ET

The Green Bay Packers have announced their inactives for the their Monday night game against the Seattle Seahawks and Greg Jennings is not on the list. 

So it is safe to expect Jennings to be zipping under the bright primetime lights for this game. It remains to be seen if that groin injury will limit him, but it is a safe bet that Aaron Rodgers won't shy away from throwing to one of his favorite targets. 


UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1:11 p.m. ET

Should Greg Jennings play in tomorrow's Week 3 contest, he would presumably beat the Packers' reported internal timetable on the injury. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer has the latest per Rotoworld's Staff:

"FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the Packers felt last week Greg Jennings' groin ailment could be a four-week injury.

According to Glazer, however, Jennings has had a 'great recovery,' and practiced fully on Sunday and Saturday. While Jennings is still listed as questionable for Monday Night Football against the Seahawks, it appears he'll return sooner rather than later. Glazer was noncommittal on Jennings' Week 3 availability."



UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1:42 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

The Packers finally received some good news when Greg Jennings was able to return to the practice field. Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported the news via Twitter:


Packer practice update: Greg Jennings was practicing during portion open to reporters, probably a good sign for his availability Monday

— Pete Dougherty (@PeteDougherty) September 22, 2012


Tyler Dunn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the receiver is officially listed as questionable.

Green Bay gets an extra day until the game on Monday night, so this might be enough time for the Jennings to get to full strength. 

While the team has plenty of depth at the position with Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb, Jennings has been the most consistent of the group throughout his career. He will surely be missed if he cannot play against the Seattle Seahawks.

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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 21 at 1:45 p.m. ET by Darin Pike

It isn't looking promising for Jennings to take the field against the Seahawks on Monday night. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Jennings is still not able to practice.

#Packers practice: WR Greg Jennings (groin) did not practice again. Crabtree (shoulder) returned. Lattimore (ankle) also was out.

— tom silverstein (@TomSilverstein) September 21, 2012

Jennings' fantasy value is suspect even if he does play. Seattle has been playing solid defense and their physical play should be a source of concern for the Packer training staff.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 20 at 2:55 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

It turns out Jennings was rehabbing today after undergoing tests on Wednesday, based on a report from Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

McCarthy: Greg Jennings worked on rehab Tuesday. Had more testing done Wed. More rehab today. We'll see what happens.

— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) September 20, 2012


The situation remains up in the air. Jennings is clearly exploring every avenue in an attempt to get ready for Monday night, but nothing is certain at this point. He will need to start making some quicker progress in order to make the lineup against the Seahawks.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Jennings did not practice on Thursday even though he was there, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. No update on his playing status for Week 3 was given.

#Packers practice: WR Greg Jennings sits out but is in attendance. Also out were Jamari Lattimore and Tom Crabtree.

— tom silverstein (@TomSilverstein) September 20, 2012

No setbacks in Jennings' recovery from a groin injury have been reported, so it's possible the Packers are just giving him a rest day. Green Bay doesn't play until Monday night, giving the wide receiver an extra day to get back to full strength.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 12:25 p.m. ET

Fantasy owners and Green Bay Packers should expect Greg Jennings to play Week 3, especially since they play on Monday Night Football in Seattle. Still, head coach Mike McCarthy expects his star WR to be a limited participant in practice today, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne.

McCarthy expects Greg Jennings to be a limited participant today.

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 18, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 16 at 10:46 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy would "be surprised" if wide receiver Greg Jennings didn't play on Monday night in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel

Green Bay beat the Bears 23-10 on September 13, giving Jennings plenty of time to rest up in time for the Packers' next game on September 24. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, September 13 at 7:02 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Greg Jennings is officially inactive for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears. 

The news comes from ESPN's Rachel Nichols:

It's official: Packers WR @gregjennings (groin) is NOT active for Packers tonight vs Bears

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) September 13, 2012

Aaron Rodgers always seems to make due with whoever he has to throw to, so this shouldn't hurt Green Bay all that much.


Fantasy owners, on the other hand, want to make sure Jennings is out of their Week 2 lineup. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, September 13 at 10:40 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

In news that will surely frustrate fantasy owners trying to set their lineups tonight, Greg Jennings does want to play tonight. He'll be tested again by the Packers' medical staff again to day to see if he is good to go, according to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols (via Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk):

"Jennings is listed as doubtful ... but he does wanna play," Nichols reported on SportsCenter Thursday morning. "And while coaches held him out of practice yesterday, the staff did test him, running him through some drills. They were trying to see not only whether he could complete the drills, but also to just get a sense of his endurance throughout the drills. Then they'll bring him in today, sort of measure his progress."

This all has "game-time decision" written all over it. Fantasy owners would probably be best suited leaving him on the bench tonight, but there remains the possibility that Jennings will play.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 12 at 5:37 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

ESPN's Adam Schefter paints a brighter picture for Jennings prospects of taking the field for the Bears game than his "doubtful" status on the injury reports suggests. Schefter: 

Despite being listed as doubtful for Thursday with a groin injury, Packers WR Greg Jennings wants to play and it "sounds like 50/50 at this point," according to one source.

So there you have it. Jennings' chances of playing equals the flip of a coin. 


UPDATE: Wednesday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. ET by Adam Wells


It appears as if it will come down to the wire with Jennings, as Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Packers wide receiver is officially listed as doubtful for Thursday night. 

Davon House (doubtful), Greg Jennings (doubtful), Jamari Lattimore (ques), Terrell Manning (out), James Starks (doubtful).

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 12, 2012

From a fantasy perspective, Jennings would be a tough play this week. Even if he does play, the injury is going to severely limit what he can do. He might be used as a decoy more than anything, which is the waste of a good roster spot. 

For the Packers, having Jennings at 100 percent in Week 14 is more important than risking him further injuring himself in this game. 


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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

We are moving ever closer to kick-off of the Bears-Packers game on Thursday night, and the status of Greg Jennings continues to look bleak. 

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, who answered questions for an Insider-Only mailbag, Jennings appears to be "doubtful" for the game. 

Jennings is a tough player. But here is an instance in which a short week hurts Jennings' chances of playing. Getting a few days to rest from Sunday before Thursday night's game does not help.


Given the weapons the Packers have at their disposal, there is no need to rush Jennings back and risk an injury that will linger all season. They still have a day to see where things stand, though it obviously doesn't look good. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11 at 2:40 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Greg Jennings faces multiple challenges in his attempt to overcome a groin injury and help out the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.


The Packers reported via Twitter that head coach Mike McCarthy is optimistic about Jennings' injury, but missing practice may be just as detrimental to his ability to play.

McCarthy: For Greg Jennings, he is improving, see how he responds, might be more of an endurance issue. #packers

— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 11, 2012

This news casts further doubt on Jennings' chances of being on the field against the Bears.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11 at 1:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Greg Jennings is still feeling the effects of the groin injury he suffered against the San Francisco 49ers.


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein reported via Twitter that Jennings did not take part in the Packers' practice today. 

#Packers practice: Greg Jennings, James Starks are out. Lattimore and CJ Wilson are practicing.

— tom silverstein (@TomSilverstein) September 11, 2012

Jennings has not been ruled out for the Packers' Thursday game against the Chicago Bears, but a short week significantly increases the chances he will miss the matchup.


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Jennings ended the 49ers game with five catches for 34 yards and no touchdowns. 

While this injury certainly does not sound severe, it should not be assumed that he will be on the field for Green Bay's next game.

Complicating this injury concern is the fact that Jennings does not have a lot of time to recover if he wants to get on the field for the next game since it will be played on Thursday. That leaves him little time to heal, and even less time to get in any practice reps this week. 


Fantasy Impact

Obviously, if you own Jennings in any fantasy league, it will be best to monitor his injury and practice status as the week goes on. 

However, I would start planning on a backup option. Unless Jennings gets a clean bill of health in the next few days, it would be best to look elsewhere for fantasy receivers. 

The Packers have plenty of weapons in the passing game. While they will undoubtedly be doing everything they can to avoid starting 0-2, they have the talent that will allow them to game-plan a limited role for Jennings should he be able to take the field. 

The Bears have a solid pass defense, and prolific quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not able to eclipse 300 yards passing in either meeting with the Packers' bitter rivals last season.