Greg Jennings: Green Bay Packers Must Be Extremely Cautious with Injured WR

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIOctober 23, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Greg Jennings has missed the past three games with a groin injury, and the Green Bay Packers should not allow him back on the field until they are completely certain that he has fully recovered. 

Tom Silverstein of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that “Jennings will go through a run test Thursday,” and the results of this will determine his status for Friday’s practice and Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jennings has dealt with this injury for the majority of the season, missing the Packers’ Week 2 matchup against the Chicago Bears before aggravating his groin again during a Week 4 matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

The team must not risk having Jennings re-injure himself again, and needs to ensure that he has completed the rehabilitation process in its entirety before allowing him to put on pads again.

Right now, the Packers have the luxury of being able to keep one of their most potent offensive weapons on the sidelines and still have success. 

Aaron Rodgers has had his two best performances of the season in the past two weeks despite Jennings’ absence. The reigning MVP has nine touchdowns and no interceptions in his last two games, in addition to posting passer ratings above 130 in both outings.

The other receivers have also been tremendous in Jennings' absence. Jordy Nelson has been the star, with 243 yards and four touchdowns in the past two games.

In addition, James Jones had three consecutive two-touchdown performances, starting with the Packers’ game against New Orleans which Jennings was unable to finish. Lastly, Randall Cobb has had three consecutive games in which he has had at least 80 receiving yards, and all three of his touchdown receptions have come in these contests. 

Rodgers and the offense has been so successful, that Silverstein refers to Jennings’ role in the offense going forward as “uncertain.” That is a shocking development for a player who has made consecutive Pro Bowls. 

Ultimately, Jennings is a versatile wide receiver who can line up anywhere on the field and be effective. He is a perfectionist as a route-runner in addition to having excellent hands and incredible chemistry with Rodgers. 

He will be an integral part of the team’s offensive game plan when he returns, but for now, the team can certainly win without him. The Green Bay offense is firing on all cylinders and is going up against a Jacksonville defense that ranks 28th in yards allowed per game.

If there is any shred of doubt about his health at any point this week, the Packers should keep Jennings on the sidelines.