Greg Jennings: Packers WR's Groin Injury Should Scare Fantasy Owners

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIOctober 1, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball while defended by Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL season opener at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After catching one ball for nine yards and a touchdown, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings left Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with a groin injury.

Jennings did not return, and needless to say, did not put up any more points. Having said that, it was his best performance of the season in terms of fantasy points, which is a most unwelcome stat for Jennings owners.

The star wide receiver accounted for as many points in the first three weeks as he did at Lambeau Field on Sunday, which has owners everywhere scratching their heads as to why he was deemed worthy of such a high draft pick in fantasy leagues.

Jennings' groin injury has become a lingering issue. He has been listed as probable or questionable for the last two weeks in the days leading up to his games.

Fantasy owners can deal with a slow start, especially when it is from a receiver who has racked up at least 949 yards over his last four seasons. Couple that with the Packers' lackluster start, and owners normally wouldn't have much reason to worry if they could keep their head above water up until now.

However, it's clear that Jennings' slow start is not just the product of his team's ineffectiveness, but rather a detrimental injury that could derail his entire season.

It isn't time to try to find help elsewhere. Only one quarter of the season has passed, and the Packers are clearly struggling while trying to right the ship.

Three of the team's next four games come against the Indianapolis Colts, the St. Louis Rams and the Jacksonville Jaguars. All three teams are ranked 14th or lower in opponent passing yards.

There isn't much news as to how bad Jennings' injury is, but if he can get back on the field and play through it, better numbers are to come.