Monday, October 29, 2012
Greg Jennings' surgery delayed
ESPN.com news services
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings was scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery for a torn abdominal muscle in Philadelphia on Tuesday, but coach Mike McCarthy said Monday it was postponed because of the superstorm on the East Coast.
"Exactly when he will go? That has not been determined yet," McCarthy said.
McCarthy also added defensive ends Jerel Worthy (concussion) and Mike Neal (knee) to the list of injured Green Bay players. The Packers played without eight starters last weekend.
Wide receivers Jordy Nelson (hamstring), fullback John Kuhn (hamstring) and running back Cedric Benson (sprained foot) were among the starters who missed Sunday's win against Jacksonville. Safety Charles Woodson (broken collarbone), cornerback Sam Shields (ankle) and linebackers Nick Perry (knee), D.J. Smith (knee) and Desmond Bishop (hamstring) also were out.
Amid Green Bay's health-related misfortune, there is good news: It should get most of the ailing players back. Benson is on injured reserve but has been designated for return, which he says he is on schedule to do.
"That is the positive," said Benson, who could play in the Dec. 9 game against Detroit. "Everybody's expecting to come back and looking forward to coming back and really excited about coming back. That is the positive thing in all these injuries."
And the Packers (5-3) are still winning despite all the missing players. They have won three in a row heading into Sunday's home game against Arizona.
"Especially if you can get victories now with your key playmakers down," outside linebacker Clay Matthews said. "Getting those guys back, they should return with fresh legs, healthy, ready to make an immediate impact. If we're looking down the road, guys like Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, a healthy B.J. (Raji), you get all these guys healthy, you have your team at full strength, and that's when you want to peak is at the end of the season."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.