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Greg Jennings Injury: Why You Must Start Packers WR on Monday Night

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 30: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs after a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 24-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jessica MarieCorrespondent IISeptember 23, 2012

Most likely, Greg Jennings is going to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

And if you decide to stay conservative and bench him, just in case his groin injury rules him out of the action, you could end up getting burned.

The latest indications are that Jennings will be good to go, despite being held out of practice on Thursday and missing Green Bay's last game against Chicago. According to the Associated Press, Jennings is still listed as questionable, but he participated in practice on Friday and he practiced fully on Saturday.

All of that bodes well for the Packers offense and, of course, for your fantasy offense.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein, Jennings didn't seem to be hindered by his injury during a two-minute drill on Saturday, and the signs were encouraging to head coach Mike McCarthy.

McCarthy told Silverstein:

Greg looked good [Saturday]. I thought he made a big jump from earlier in the week. Practiced well. His examination in the morning will be the key to whether he goes or not. But I thought he looked like himself [Saturday].

So what does that mean for his projections against the Seahawks in Week 3?

Given how good the Packers offense looked against the Bears in Week 2, it could be a big positive. Obviously, Jennings wasn't part of the action last week, but Aaron Rodgers—who looked iffy in Week 1 against San Francisco—seemed to be re-energized, throwing for 219 yards and a touchdown. Having Jennings back is going to be a huge boost for him, and for the entire offense.

Currently, the Seahawks' pass defense ranks 13th in the NFL, allowing a total of 457 yards (229 per game) and two touchdowns. This defensive unit looked okay against the Cardinals in Week 1 and excellent in Week 2 against Tony Romo and the Cowboys.

The Packers are going to need Jennings in order to win on Monday, and they need to win this game in order to get on a roll. The Seahawks have been far weaker against the pass than they are against the run, so Green Bay can't rely on Cedric Benson to carry the offense. It needs its elite receiver. 

From the way McCarthy was talking after Saturday’s practice, all indications are that Jennings is going to play. He won’t be at 100 percent, and he may have to ease back into it, but he looked healthy enough to play this weekend. This offense needs him against a team that has proven to be very, very tough to beat on the ground.

Seattle ranks second in the NFL in rush defense, so never was there a better week for the Packers to ramp up the passing game. And when they do, Jennings will be the primary beneficiary.

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