When the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field next Sunday, it's likely they’ll have wide receiver Greg Jennings back in the fold.
Following his team’s 38-10 loss to the New York Giants Sunday night, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Jennings was healthy enough to play Sunday, but the team wanted to wait another week until the two-time Pro Bowler got a full week of practice under his belt.
Jennings, who hasn’t played since late September, underwent surgery for a core muscle injury earlier this month before looking good in his return to practice this past week in a limited capacity.
“There was no reason to not play him just for the one fact of fatigue and his ability not to have a full week of reps because he hasn’t played in so long,” McCarthy said. “I fully expect Greg to be a full participant Wednesday. Obviously, if the week goes the way it should, I would think he would ready to go for Minnesota.”
McCarthy said outside linebacker Clay Matthews is also getting closer, but isn’t as far along as Jennings in his recovery from a strained hamstring. The three-time Pro Bowler missed his second consecutive game on Sunday after aggravating it against Arizona before the bye week.
“Clay is getting close,” McCarthy said. “He’s not as close as Greg. I don’t know how much Clay will practice this week, but that’s the information they’ve given me today.”