GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy didn’t rule wide receiver Greg Jennings out of Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears, but the Green Bay Packers coach didn’t sound overly optimistic about Jennings making enough progress on a short week to be ready to play.
McCarthy said Jennings, who suffered a groin injury on the final drive of the Packers’ season-opening loss to San Francisco on Sunday, tested on Wednesday instead of practicing. McCarthy said he had not spoken to Jennings as of Wednesday afternoon to see how the testing went, so he stopped short of ruling him out.
“I think any time you’re dealing with veteran, established players – and definitely Greg Jennings is in that category, he’s played a lot of football for us,” McCarthy said. “He’s played the whole time with myself as the coach. So the communication tomorrow, I trust the communication between Greg and the medical staff. So that’s when a decision will be made.”
Here’s the official injury report for both teams:
If Jennings can’t go, veteran Donald Driver, who was on his way to not playing a single snap before Jennings’ injury, could see extended action as the fourth receiver.
Meanwhile, Starks participated in practice for the first time since injuring his toe Aug. 9 at San Diego, but McCarthy said the running back is more likely to make his debut against Seattle on Sept. 24. Still, the fact that he practiced was a pleasant surprise.
“James Starks was excellent news this morning. At our 7 a.m. staff meeting, I was glad James was able to practice today and had a chance to watch him practice. That was something I wasn’t expecting,” McCarthy said. “He’s making progress and looked good out there today. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. He’ll probably be part of the plan next week. I don’t know. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. Something unforeseen happens that’s probably the only chance he’d have to play in the game tomorrow night.”
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