Wide receiver Greg Jennings is listed as questionable on the injury report for Monday night’s game, but he took all the snaps during team periods in Saturday’s practice and, barring a setback with his groin injury, appears ready to return to action.
“Greg looked good today,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “I’ll tell you, he made a big jump from earlier in the week. Practiced well. His examination (Sunday) morning will be the key on whether he goes or not, but I thought he looked like himself today.”
Jennings missed the Week 2 win over Chicago due to the groin injury, which he sustained on the final drive of the Week 1 loss to San Francisco. He tried to return to practice on Tuesday this week, but it didn’t go well and he had to sit out Thursday, putting his status for Monday night in Seattle up in the air.
McCarthy has maintained it’s mostly an “endurance” issue with Jennings’ groin, which is why he played his usual number of snaps in practice on Saturday, as one final test.
“He took them all,” McCarthy said. “It didn’t look to be an issue.”
McCarthy said he also feels “good” about starting defensive end C.J. Wilson, who also has a groin injury and is questionable. Tight end Tom Crabtree is questionable as well after missing Saturday’s practice with a shoulder injury McCarthy said hasn’t had the proper time to heal. Crabtree’s status seems more iffy.
“He needs rest, and it’s something you have a hard time giving a player during the season,” McCarthy said.
Linebacker Jamari Lattimore (ankle) has been ruled out for the game, while cornerback Davon House (shoulder) is doubtful and safety Sean Richardson (hamstring) and running back James Starks (toe) are questionable. McCarthy said Starks’ turf toe continues to get better, but his status would indicate he’s not yet ready for a significant role in the offense, if he even plays.
“It’s an injury that takes time,” McCarthy said. “He’s still working through it.”
The rest of the players on the injury report are all probable: receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), linebackers Terrell Manning (concussion) and Nick Perry (wrist) and guard Josh Sitton (knee).
The team heads to Seattle on Sunday after a longer-than-normal week following a Thursday night game. For what it’s worth, McCarthy is 5-0 in his career with extra rest and preparation following a Thursday game.
On the flip side, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 0-4 in his career in Monday night games on the road, though he hasn’t played in one since Week 3 of 2010 in Chicago, a full two years ago.
Either way, there’s a sense the players and coaches are eager for this game to arrive. McCarthy certainly sounded like a coach who’s ready.
“Frankly, there’s a point in the week as a play-caller you start getting ready to call the game, and I’m already into that, then you have that long stretch Monday,” he said. “If there’s anything to guard against, it’s to not over-call the game, if that makes any sense.
“Our plan has been put in like a normal week, and we trust our plan. We’re expecting a big-time environment in Seattle. That’s what I’m told. We’re looking forward to getting up there.” Additional coverage - Sept. 22