Jennings to miss 2-3 weeks, coach McCarthy says : Packers Insider

Jennings to miss 2-3 weeks, coach McCarthy says

December 12, 2011 by  
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From Mike Vandermause, Green Bay Press-Gazette

~Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Greg Jennings suffered a knee sprain against the Oakland Raiders yesterday and will need about 2 to 3 weeks to recover.

Packer fans shouldn't have to miss Jennings' smile for too long.

McCarthy said he expects Jennings, the Packers’ No. 1 receiver, will be ready for the playoffs, which begin for the Packers on the weekend of Jan. 14-15.

McCarthy said Jennings is going through treatment and will be in rehabilitation for the next couple weeks. 

McCarthy's injury "evaluations & timelines" have occasionally been a bit off, so it remains to be seen when Jennings will actually be back. But the news on Jennings is a lot better than many Packer Nation fears were on Sunday night.

McCarthy said he hasn’t seen Jennings today but was told the receiver was in for treatment and was upbeat. 

McCarthy said he feels fortunate the Packers will get Jennings back this season. There had been some speculation outside the building that he could be lost for the season.

McCarthy said next-day evaluation is as important as the initial on-field assessment.

Other highlights from McCarthy’s presser:

*Josh Sitton, who has been out with a knee injury, might be able to practice this week.

* Ted Thompson and McCarthy have had conversations about what to do if the Packers lock up homefield advantage early. But McCarthy stressed that the team is keeping its focus on Kansas City.

*The playing and practicing status of James Starks will be assessed on Wednesday.

* Robert Francois and D.J. Smith were awarded game balls for their performance against the Raiders. Each player had an interception. 

Green Bay Packers' Robert Francois (49) intercepts a pass in front of Oakland Raiders' Kevin Boss (87) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Green bay.

* Earning homefield advantage in the playoffs is important and it will be good to play a home post-season game for the first time since 2007.

*McCarthy repeated what he said yesterday about linebacker A.J. Hawk. It was his intention to play Hawk in the second half against the Raiders but with the lopsided score, McCarthy decided to give him extra time to rest his calf.

* He expects a highly contested football game against the Chiefs. He said he never likes to see head coaches fired and feels for the family of Todd Haley, who was canned on Monday.

* Linebacker Desmond Bishop will be close to practicing this week, while Hawk for sure will be ready to go.

* He’s optimistic Ryan Pickett and Brandon Saine will be available this week. They are going through concussion protocol.

* Chad Clifton was in the training room today. He’s got a chance to return. He feels good. If stays on course, he’s hopeful he will practice next week.

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