In what would be a devastating blow to both the Packers chances next week against the Patriots and for the remainder of the 2010 season, defensive end Cullen Jenkins indicated after the Lions game that the calf injury he has been battling since training camp could finally shut him down for good.
Jenkins re-injured his left calf against San Francisco on Dec. 5 and did not attend a single practice last week. He spent the entire week staying off his leg and didn’t show up in the locker room for interviews.
After the Packers’ 7-3 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, Jenkins said he has been battling the calf injury since training camp and this was by far the worst pull he has suffered. He officially has only missed one game – Minnesota at Lambeau Field – but he did not play against Dallas because he pulled the muscle in warm-ups.
“There’s been a few times I’ve done it this year going back to training camp,” said Jenkins, who has a career-high seven sacks this season. “This is the worse one yet.
Asked if there is any kind of timetable for his return, Jenkins said no. Given he didn’t even walk on it much last week, there’s almost no chance he’ll play this week. He said it was possible it would knock him out for the year.
“You can’t rule out any possibility right now,” Jenkins said. “I have to take it week by week and see how it goes.”
Rookie C.J. Wilson played probably his finest game of the season in Jenkins’ absence against the Lions, but losing Jenkins would be a serious blow to a defense that already features a number of players who started the season either on the bench or on the street.
As far as injuries coming out of the Lions game, both offensive lineman Daryn Colledge and outside linebacker Frank Zombo sustained knee injuries, Colledge on an attempted tackle after Andrew Quarless’ fumble in the first quarter and Zombo during the fourth quarter. The Packers should find out the severity of both on Monday.