Greg Jennings: How Delayed Surgery Further Impacts WR's 2012 Outlook

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Greg Jennings: How Delayed Surgery Further Impacts WR's 2012 Outlook
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Hurricane Sandy ruined neighborhoods and power lines. It nearly ruined the New York Marathon. It ruined the NFL trade deadline. And it ruined at least a little bit more of the 2012 season for the Green Bay Packers—specifically, Greg Jennings.

According to ESPN.com, the wide receiver—who suffered a torn abdominal muscle—was supposed to undergo surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia, but because of the storm, it had to be postponed. A new date for the surgery has not yet been scheduled.

Jennings, who has only registered a total of 12 receptions this year while dealing with the injury, is capable of being one of the most productive members of the Packers offense when healthy. Now, it's unclear when in 2012 the Packers are going to get him back.

To add insult to injury, Jordy Nelson is also dealing with a hamstring issue, leaving the wide receiving corps perilously thin just ahead of one of the most critical stretches of the season. Needless to say, Jennings and the Packers really didn't need this hurricane-induced delay.

After he undergoes surgery, Jennings is expected to be out of commission for at least a few weeks, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. That means that if his procedure is rescheduled for next week, he can be expected to miss games against Detroit, New York and possibly Minnesota.

If all goes well, Jennings could return for a Week 14 matchup against the Lions, or for a Week 15 matchup against Chicago. But that's a rather big if.

Still, all things considered, the Packers haven't exactly been hard up for offense over the last several weeks. The beginning of the season was rocky, but after a 1-2 start, Green Bay has won four of its last five—including a very big victory over the Texans—and this offense is starting to look much more like the unit we expected to see.

But it's only going to get harder from here on out. The NFC North is shaping up to be a very tough division, and the Packers still have five division games ahead of them. They can't afford to lose virtually any of them, and they are going to need all hands on deck as they gear up for their post-bye-week push.

It's obviously better to have a healthy and productive Jennings than one who's going to be missing time constantly because of a nagging groin injury. In that sense, it's smart to wait as long as it takes in order for him to recover.

But the Packers can't afford anymore delays, so hopefully, Mother Nature's business is done.

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