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Monday, November 26, 2012
BBAO: Greg Jennings will return this week

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Good morning folks. The sun comes especially early when you post your final item from the "day before" at 2 a.m., but so it goes.

Week 12, as you know by now, concluded with the Chicago Bears back atop the NFC North. At 8-3 they are one game ahead of the 7-4 Green Bay Packers and two in front of the Minnesota Vikings. But lost in the shock of the Packers' 38-10 loss to the New York Giants was this mildly uplifting fact: They are going to start getting some of their injured players back this week.

Receiver Greg Jennings, who has missed seven consecutive games because of an abdominal injury that required surgery, is expected to participate fully in practice Wednesday and play next Sunday against the Vikings, coach Mike McCarthy said. Linebacker Clay Matthew "is close" to returning, McCarthy said, but not as close as Jennings and might not see much practice time this week. The same goes for cornerback Charles Woodson.

Jennings didn't play Sunday night, McCarthy said, because the Packers wanted him to get a full week of practice in to guard against a fatigue injury in his first game back. There had been plenty of discussion about how the Packers would get Jennings back into the mix, considering the emergence of Randall Cobb. But after Sunday night's 10-point output, I don't think anyone is worried about chemistry changes to the Packers' offense at the moment.

Let's take our morning tour around the division as I start the trek back to NFC North blog headquarters: