Rather than wearing a Green Bay Packers helmet, Greg Jennings was wearing a Packers baseball cap at Thursday’s practice.
Jennings missed Thursday’s game against Chicago with a groin injury and a rehab workout on Tuesday didn’t go as well as he or the team had hoped. Still, the Packers are hopeful that the Pro Bowl receiver will be ready to go for Monday night at Seattle.
“It wasn’t what we expected Tuesday when we went down to the practice (facility),” coach Mike McCarthy said after Thursday’s practice. “We were going to warm him, rehab him before practice and hopefully have him do some work on the practice field (but) we didn’t get to that. Maybe we were a little too optimistic and he’s not quite where we hoped he’d be by now. He wants to go, but we’re just being smart.”
The offense, which wasn’t productive with Jennings against San Francisco in Week 1, wasn’t productive without him against Chicago in Week 2. Of Aaron Rodgers’ 22 completions, six went to Jordy Nelson and James Jones, Randall Cobb and Donald Driver had one catch apiece. While defenses logically would shift their coverage toward Nelson if Jennings is out, that hasn’t been the case, Nelson said.
“Everyone is going to play their coverage, play their defense that they do best,” Nelson said. “I haven’t seen any difference from the end of last year to last week.”
Between this injury and the concussion that kept him out for a couple of weeks of training camp, Rodgers and Jennings haven’t had a lot of time together.
“Not really concerned, but I think it’s something we have to think about. We have a lot of game reps together. I’m not sure where’s he at with his legs and his conditioning and his running. If he’s out there, it’s going to help our offense, but we definitely haven’t had a lot of reps in training camp and the season thus far. It’s going to be important to be on the same page and that’s got to come through getting him out there and giving him some chances to catch the ball.”
Packers injury report
Did not participate: TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder), WR Greg Jennings (groin), LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle). Limited: WR Randall Cobb (hamstring), CB Davon House (shoulder), G Josh Sitton (knee), RB James Starks (toe), DE C.J. Wilson (groin). Full: LB Terrell Manning (concussion); LB Nick Perry (wrist).
“Randall practiced today and did the things he needed to do,” McCarthy said. “Josh had a knee bruise in Tuesday’s practice, but he was limited. I expect them to be OK by Monday.”
Seahawks injury report
Did not participate: CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring). Limited: WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder); RB Marshawn Lynch (back); TE Zach Miller (foot). Full: WR Charly Martin (chest); T Russell Okung (knee).
— The Packers are starting the season with games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. What day is it, Coach? “Well, the toughest part is your personal life and remembering what day it is, really,” McCarthy said. “But today is a Wednesday for us so we’re fortunate as long as we’re at work because everything is on schedule, we get into our routine and we were able to be on an in-season type practice schedule the last couple weeks of training camp. So, really, the challenge isn’t at work; it’s when you leave here (that’s difficult).”
— Rather than being the starting quarterback opposite Rodgers on Monday, Matt Flynn will be back in his familiar role of holding a clipboard. “I'm just excited to see the guys,” Flynn told reporters in Seattle. “Some of my good friends I've spent every day with the past four years are going to be up here. It's going to be fun to be on the other sideline, and I'm sure we'll talk some trash to each other and things like that. It will be fun. (I’m) excited to see 'em all again.”
— According to the Elias Sports Bureau via the Packers, Green Bay’s seven-sack, four-interception, 168-yard defensive performance against Chicago was the first of its kind in the NFL since Atlanta got eight sacks, four interceptions and allowed 122 yards against Carolina in 2002. In Packers history, they’ve had seven sacks and four interceptions on two other occasions: eight sacks and four interceptions against Atlanta in 1966 and eight sacks and five interceptions against San Diego in 1978.
— A couple of days after a workout with the Packers, Green Bay signed to the practice squad California (Pa.) cornerback James Nixon, an undrafted rookie who spent most of training camp with Arizona. Nixon (6-0, 180), who ran 4.31 in the 40 at his pro day, spent his first three seasons as a two-way player and kickoff returner for Temple. He transferred to the Division II school for academic reasons. As a senior, he started two of 12 games and didn’t record an interception.
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