Greg Jennings took part in some team drills today though coach Mike McCarthy hinted that the starting receiver might not quite be ready to play Sunday against the New York Giants.
Jennings had surgery three weeks ago on a tear in his abdomen. He took part in a few drills Wednesday and progressed to do everything today in the team's lone padded practice of the week. The Packers appear to be happy with the rate of his recovery, but McCarthy suggested that Jennings' schedule might have him practicing part time for a week, then returning full time before he's ready to play in a game.
"it’s really going to be a medical, conditioning (decision), those types – we’ll have to talk it through," McCarthy said of the chances Jennings can play this week. "The biggest thing was to get him on course to make progress, and right now he’s taken every step. That’s very encouraging."
When players return from surgery or a several-week injury, the Packers often have them practice part time for a week, then wait until the next week to play them in a game.
McCarthy said Jennings took a pre-set number of snaps with the Packers' offense in 11-on-11 drills and worked extensively on scout team.
"We’ll see how he feels in the morning," McCarthy said. "He felt really good today after practicing yesterday, so he’s definitely progressing."
Following are the other highlights from McCarthy's post-practice press conference:
**The team held practice an hour earlier than the usual Thursday and was let go after practice to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. McCarthy conducted jog-through and small-group drills indoors, then went outside on a warm but blustery day for 11-on-11 work.
"Had significant wind, a little more than we’re expecting Sunday night up in New York," McCarthy said. "It was good for us to out there and throw the ball around. It was a padded practice. I thought it was crisp, I thought it was sharp. The team run (period) was excellent. Third down (period) I thought was pretty good. Red zone was a little rough but today was the install day for the red zone so we’ll have an opportunity to clean it up tomorrow. Felt good about what we accomplished on the field today."
**McCarthy, on whether dropped passes have been a bigger issue this year than in the past: "It’s a focus of ours. It’s something we did not do a very good job of last year, and I feel like we’ve been a little bit up and down this year. It was obviously a major negative in both our games against the Giants last year. That’s definitely a part of our objectives, and we’re focused on doing a better job there."