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Packers await update on frustrated Jennings

Oct 24, 2012 -- 4:09pm
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GREEN BAY – After three weeks on the sideline with a groin injury, Greg Jennings was indeed getting a second opinion Wednesday, which can’t be good news for the Green Bay Packers two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver’s chances of playing Sunday against Jacksonville or anytime soon.

“Greg Jennings is currently getting a second opinion, so we’re still gathering information on Greg’s injury,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice Wednesday. “That’s where we stand today.”

Jennings was listed as not participating in practice Wednesday, rather than being ruled out. However, it seems unlikely that he would play against the Jaguars or against Arizona on Nov. 4.

Jennings’ teammates struck a depressing chord when talking about the receiver, who initially sustained the injury in the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against San Francisco and has missed four of the team’s seven games as a result.

“I’ve talked to him. You don’t really want to talk to him every day about his injury because a guy is sick of hearing about that,” wide receiver James Jones said. “You want to play; you want to be out there. You don’t want to be hurt, especially if you rested for three weeks and then you come back and you’re still feeling the same pain. That’s when it’s kind of irritating. Hopefully they’ll figure out exactly what it is so he can get treated for it so he can get back on the field as soon as possible.”

Jones dealt with a similarly frustrating knee injury during the 2008 season, when he’d think the injury was healing only to re-injure himself

“I just talk to him about understanding what he’s going through because I went through the same thing a couple of years ago with my knee – practice on it all week and then fall on it in a game and then I can’t even get up and run,” Jones said. “Then you’ve got to sit out the next week. It’s frustrating.”

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he believes Jennings will be back as soon as he’s 100 percent – whenever that might be.

“I can’t speak for Greg. I haven’t talked to him, haven’t seen him yet today. We want him to come back as quickly as he can, but he’s got to do what’s best for his body,” Rodgers said. “I know his toughness and how badly he wants to be on the field. If he can’t be out there, you know it’s got to be something significant.”

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