Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings was drafted in many fantasy leagues as a WR1 this season despite the fact that his 2011 season was cut short by a knee injury, with many fantasy owners confident that the seventh-year pro would return to the form that saw him rack up over 1,200 receiving yards and score a dozen touchdowns in 2010.
However, a nagging groin injury has limited Jennings to only 12 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown so far in 2012, and now the news has gone from bad to worse, as Tom Silverstein of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the 29-year-old will undergo surgery next week to repair a muscle tear.
Packers WR Greg Jennings will have surgery on his injured groin. Well-known surgeon William Meyers will operate. Expects to be back in '12.— tom silverstein (@TomSilverstein) October 25, 2012
The surgery is a relatively minor outpatient procedure that should take about 30 minutes, according to James Carlton of CBS Sports, and as Silverstein reports, Jennings has stated his intent to return to the field this season, although he didn't provide any sort of timetable as to when that might be.
They give you certain time frames, one week, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, whatever the case may be. But at the end of the day, it’s going to be determined (by) whether I feel good or not.
In other words, there's no real way of knowing when Jennings may be back, and that leaves Jennings' fantasy owners, who have already been holding a roster spot for him for several weeks, in the unenviable position of trying to figure out what to do next.
Frankly, it doesn't look good. Sure, Jennings has said he wants to come back, but that doesn't mean that the injury is going to cooperate any more than it was before, and given that the Green Bay offense has done just fine with James Jones and Randall Cobb seeing increased playing time at wide receiver, the Packers have exactly zero reasons to be in any sort of hurry to rush Jennings back onto the field.
In fact, Jennings' outlook in dynasty leagues isn't really any brighter. Jennings is a free agent after the season and approaching 30 years old, and with younger options at lower price tags available to them, the likelihood of Jennings returning to Titletown in 2013 just got slimmer than it already was.
As talented as Jennings is, his fantasy owners are now holding onto a aging wideout that has developed durability concerns and may very well find himself playing in a much less prolific offense next season.
That's not good, folks.
Fantasy owners in deep leagues or dynasties are advised to hold. Perhaps Jennings will make it back onto the field in time to be of some help in the fantasy playoffs, and his trade value is next to nothing right now.
However, as hard as it may be to come to grips with for Jennings owners in shallower redraft fantasy football leagues, it's time to move on. That roster spot has been dead weight long enough, and it's time to swap Jennings out for a player with a realistic shot at helping out your fantasy squad this season.