Thursday, October 4, 2012
BBAO: Greg Jennings out for a while
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
A frustrating season for Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings looks like it's about to go on hiatus. Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged Monday that it might be time to shut down Jennings until his strained groin heals more fully, and Wednesday, Jennings told reporters he'll sit "[h]however long it takes" to get himself to a point where the injury won't re-occur when he returns, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jennings said he has not been able to create separation or "get that last gear" since suffering the injury Sept. 9. He played Sept. 24 against the Seattle Seahawks and part of the Sept. 30 game against the New Orleans Saints before pulling out.
"I'm not one to complain," Jennings said. "I don't like to make excuses. But at the same time, I'm not going to go out there and know that I can't perform and do the things that I'm accustomed to doing and keep one of the other guys on the bench. When I can do everything the way I'm normally able and capable of doing, then that's when I'll be back out there."
Complicating matters is the fact that Jennings is in the final year of his contract. The Packers aren't believed to have done anything substantive to try to re-sign him, and an injury-plagued year won't give them any additional motivation.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette checks in with Packers center Jeff Saturday, who will make his return to Indianapolis this Sunday.
- Defensive end Mike Neal on his return from suspension, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "It's been a long time coming, but I got a chance to sit back and really re-evaluate my life. I look at it as, you have to go through something to get to something. I went through something, and now I want to just come out on the other side and keep going. Physically, that’s one thing. But mentally, I can say last year I wasn’t there. That was related to the suspension, obviously -- taking Adderall. I went through a lot mentally last year, with everything that happened to me. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I just let it go and said, 'It's football. I've been doing this all my life.' I came into training camp feeling good."
- Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Letroy Guion is demonstrating why the team was willing to sign him to a contract extension, writes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
- Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press checks in with Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who leads the team with three sacks.
- Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson is working his way back from a concussion and has begun participating in portions of practice, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
- It sure looks like former first-round draft pick Chris Williams is playing his final season in a Chicago Bears uniform. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com explains.
- The Bears are in the beginning stages of signing defensive tackle Henry Melton to a contract extension, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
- Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice doesn't want the offense to get full of itself after its strong showing Monday night. Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times has more.
- The Detroit Lions are going to have to find something significant to change the course of their season, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- Of the 296 snaps the Lions' offense has faced, according to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, only five have been against man coverages. Tim Twentyman of the team's website explains.
- Quarterback Matthew Stafford is getting some good-natured grief about the proliferation of air-brushed T-shirts featuring his likeness that stemmed from an ESPN commercial, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.