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Jennings experienced concussion symptoms before Family Night

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Greg Jennings made his return to the practice field Sunday for the first time in two weeks following a concussion he sustained during the Green Bay Packers’ annual Family Night on Aug. 3. After Sunday's practice, however, the Packers wide receiver hinted that the origins of his concussion began even before the the intrasquad scrimmage. “I hit my head on the ground, split my nose open, but it probably was a little bit before that on Wednesday because I started getting headaches Wednesday - got hit Wednesday and finished practice,” Jennings said. “The next day, (had) headaches during practice, didn’t think anything of it. Then Friday, Family Night, I probably re-aggravated it or whatever. I make it sound like it was minor, but it really wasn’t, honestly.” It was the third concussion Jennings has sustained during his career and first since 2009. He admitted this one was the most difficult to get over. In an effort to avoid over-stimulation, the team shut him down completely for two weeks as headaches and pressure lingered. Jennings was banned from the weight room until trainers felt comfortable letting him practice. Meanwhile, he spent most of that time at home with his wife and three daughters, but even there had to withdraw a bit. Jennings was one of four returning players to practice on Sunday, along with tight end Jermichael Finley (quad), full back John Kuhn (ankle) and cornerback Sam Shields (elbow). After feeling good in his first practice back, Jennings said he’s expecting to play in Thursday’s preseason game against Cincinnati after champing at the bit for the last two weeks. “You want to get back out there, but you don’t want to put yourself in harm’s way,” Jennings said. “It was tough coming in here some days feeling whatever I was feeling and wanting to say, ‘You know what, I’m good,’ but knowing in the back of my mind that I really wasn’t. We fought through that for almost two weeks and now here I am.” -whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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