The mystery surrounding Greg Jennings’ persistent groin injury finally has been solved.
During a second-opinion consultation with Philadelphia-based specialist Dr. William Meyers on Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers’ seventh-year wide receiver was diagnosed with a rectus abdominal tear, an injury he’ll undergo surgery for Tuesday.
As we wrote in our Friday main story, Jennings doesn’t believe the surgery will be season-ending, but didn’t offer a timetable for a possible return. He decided on the surgery route rather than getting a pain-killer injection that wasn’t a guarantee to work and only delaying the inevitable.
“The injection would’ve masked most of the pain, but there was still no guarantee I could go out there and hit that last gear,” Jennings said.
“That’s the one thing I have to have is actually trying to create more separation than I would be able to create, so there’s no sense to me in taking a shot that may or may not work, may take three days to a week to actually start to work.”
Follow the link for more on Jennings’ status, Jordy Nelson’s hamstring injury and the Packers’ wide receiver corps, in general, entering Sunday’s game against Jacksonville: http://tinyurl.com/bu2rs3g
*Pete Dougherty’s notebook leads with tight end Andrew Quarless and linebacker Frank Zombo being candidates for the open spot currently on the Packers’ active roster.
Quarless and Zombo are in the second week of their three-week window of practice before the Packers have to decide whether to activate them, cut them or put them on injured reserve. The team’s third PUP player (tackle Derek Sherrod) has not started practicing and appears headed for injured reserve.
Dougherty’s notebook also examines defensive tackle B.J. Raji returning to practice in a limited capacity, Erik Walden’s showing against St. Louis last Sunday and the rest of the team’s injury report.
You can read Dougherty’s entire notebook here: http://tinyurl.com/c5ygjze
*Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause talked with PackersNews.com readers on Thursday. You can read the transcript from his chat here: http://tinyurl.com/cp44j6f