Wide receiver Greg Jennings will miss a couple weeks after sustaining a knee sprain in Sunday's Packers victory over the Oakland Raiders, but head coach Mike McCarthy said during his Monday press conference that it's safe to say he'll be back in time for the playoffs.
Jennings was injured in the second half of yesterday's game after a making a catch. He then came limping off the field and was later carted off to the locker room.
It's been speculated by several media outlets that Jennings tore an MCL ligament in his knee, the treatment for which does not require surgery and typically takes two to eight weeks for recovery.
The only thing the Packers have left to accomplish as far as it relates to the NFL playoffs is securing home-field advantage. Any combination of one Packers win or a 49ers loss in the last three weeks of the season would clinch that possibility.
In light of that information, it seems almost a given that the Packers will rest Jennings the remainder of the regular season. The Packers have already secured a first-round bye, so Jennings would probably not return until the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
"Greg will be missed but with that is opportunities for the other perimeter players," said head coach Mike McCarthy.
Last season, after tight end Jermichael Finley went down with a season-ending knee injury, it was at that point in the season where Jennings' production took off.
It could be the opposite situation this year where an injury to Jennings will allow Finley and the other receivers on the team to receive more opportunities and playing time.
In other injury news, McCarthy said he was optimistic defensive lineman Ryan Pickett and running back Brandon Saine would be able to return from concussions each of them suffered on Sunday to return in time for the upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15.
McCarthy also said offensive lineman Josh Sitton may practice this week but didn't appear to be as optimistic about linebacker Desmond Bishop.
"Desmond will be challenged this week," said McCarthy.
Tackle Chad Clifton isn't likely to practice this week but may still return this season. McCarthy indicated he could return for either the Bears game in Week 16 or the Lions game in Week 17 but also said he couldn't afford any more setbacks.
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