Greg Jennings Injury: Update and Status of Green Bay Packers WR

Michael DulkaContributor IOctober 24, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after a first down catch in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Against the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers star wide receiver Greg Jennings suffered a hand injury on the team's first series of the game. Jennings was able to return to the game despite numbness and pain in the hand. On Monday, head coach Mike McCarthy announced that Jennings' injury is just a bruise. 

Aaron Rodgers found Jennings down the sideline for a 26-yard completion, but Jennings was sandwiched between three Vikings defenders. Jennings took himself out of the game following the play, but returned on the next series and finished the day with seven catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.

This is great news for the undefeated Packers as Jennings has had an incredible year so far and been the No. 1 target for Rodgers. Through seven games, Jennings is on pace to have a career year in yardage by a couple hundred yards as he is on pace for over 1,500 yards. 

With the Packers looking at a bye in Week 8, Jennings will have plenty of time to rest and get that hand healthy and ready for the rest of the season. The Packers have plenty of weapons and could have survived without Jennings, but retaining Jennings will make the Packers that much tougher to beat. 

The injury report comes as quite welcome news after it was released that the Washington Redskins had lost Santana Moss to a broken hand for five to seven weeks.

It would have been a tough loss for the Packers who would have turned to Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley to make up for the production lost in the absence of Jennings. 

When the Packers travel to the West Coast to take on the San Diego Chargers in Week 9 Jennings should be able to play. It seems likely Jennings could have played if the Packers had a game in Week 8, but the extra week of rest makes it all but certain Jennings will be in the lineup.