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Packers-Giants Friday injury report: Jennings says 'I'm ready'

Nov 23, 2012 -- 3:27pm
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GREEN BAY – Greg Jennings had time for one question as he left the Green Bay Packers’ locker room Friday afternoon. And the wide receiver only needed two words to answer it.

“I’m. Ready.”

That was Jennings reply when asked about playing Sunday night at the New York Giants. Officially, Jennings was listed as questionable by coach Mike McCarthy, but in his mind, he’s playing.

Here’s a look at the full, official injury report from Friday:

Out – CB Sam Shields (ankle), S Charles Woodson (collarbone), OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring), ILB Terrell Manning (shoulder).
Questionable – WR Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen), TE Andrew Quarless (knee).
Probable – WR Donald Driver (thumb), FB John Kuhn (hamstring), DT B.J. Raji (ankle), OLB Vic So'oto (illness), OLB Erik Walden (ankle).
Out – WR Domenik Hixon (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (knee).
Questionable  – S Kenny Phillips (knee), LB Keith Rivers (calf/knee),
Full participation – RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), C David Baas (ankle), S Tyler Sash (ankle), G Chris Snee (ankle), DT Linval Joseph (knee).

McCarthy said he spoke with Jennings at practice, and that the wide receiver said something similar to him. Jennings has missed the Packers’ last six games and had surgery Nov. 1 to repair a core muscle injury to a lower abdominal muscle.

“I had a chance to visit with Greg briefly down at practice. He feels real good coming off practice yesterday. He wanted to work today,” McCarthy said. “We said we’d sit down tomorrow and talk to (team physician) Dr. (Pat) McKenzie and just see how he’s feeling. The one concern is durability. That’s the last hurdle we need to get over.”

Asked if Jennings had reached this point sooner than expected, McCarthy said Jennings’ doctor, Dr. William Meyers, had said that “the post-surgery protocol was three weeks. “

Meanwhile, McCarthy was asked if Matthews might have pushed to play this week against the Giants had it been a playoff game rather than the 11th regular-season game of the season.

His response: “That’s really a medical question for Clay and the doctors. I don’t get as involved with the players as you might think. Just think of it from my position. I don’t think I’ve ever asked a player if he was OK if he didn’t tell me he was great and then he probably didn’t play for three weeks. It happens. Their mindset is different. They’re trying to get out on the field. The conversations really between the player and the doctor are different than the ones I have. That’s the whole process, the communication, trying to get everybody on the same page and what’s the best play. There are long-term plans. I’m not naïve to your question and there are definitely short-term plans. We want to make sure that when Clay is back he’s back for good.”

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