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Packers Daily Links: Jennings Sees Specialist

Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, who has missed the past couple games with a groin injury, visited a specialist on Tuesday, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "Whether that means Jennings will be cleared to return to action or there is something more amiss with the groin than first thought is unclear," writes Wilde. "But it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Jennings, who has caught just 12 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown and hasn’t played since that TD reception against New Orleans on Sept. 30, could be sidelined until after the team’s bye week." The report says players have been hinting that Jennings could return for this Sunday's game against the Jaguars, but that appears to be premature to say definitively at this point. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Jennings would have a run test on Thursday and perhaps practice on Friday.

A pair of former Packers starters made headlines the past 24 hours when running back Ryan Grant was cut by the Redskins and safety Charlie Peprah has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Cowboys. "Peprah, a Plano native, was one of 15 players who worked out for the Cowboys two weeks ago," reports Calvin Watson and Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. "He was cut by Green Bay in July after he failed his physical because of a knee injury." There's been no indication that the Packers had or are showing interesting in either player despite recent injuries to Charles Woodson at safety and Cedric Benson at running back.

During his weekly radio interview on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee at 540 AM WAUK, quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked about the importance of running the football despite having little success. “It’s attempts. It’s quantity at times as much as quality,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by host Jason Wilde. “It’s a balance, to make sure that you’re slowing the rush down and trying to make the most of opportunities when they do have six or seven guys in the box and there are favorable run looks." Credit Mike McCarthy for learning from his mistakes when he twice went overly heavy in the pass game earlier this season in losses to the Seahawks and the Colts. The Packers don't need a great running game to be successful, but they do need to be respectable.

Aaron Rodgers discussed several other topics during his radio show, including Charles Woodson's injury, Jermichael Finley and his touchdown pass to Randall Cobb versus the Rams.

A feature on the agents that represent the Packers players is fantastically written by Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It's a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of the Jerry Maguires.

Fox 11 in Green Bay has items on Mike Holmgren, Pro Bowl voting, Donald Driver being honored, Driver being interviewed, the Coats for Kids collection this Sunday at Lambeau Field and phone drive being spearheaded by the Packers.

Scouting reports on the Jacksonville Jaguars come from Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel and Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette.

The Packers released Green Bay native Drew Vanderlin from their practice squad, as noted by Packer Report, the Press-Gazette, ESPNMilwaukee.com and AllGreenBayPackers.com.

Looking at how the Packers will replace Charles Woodson is the Press-Gazette and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Analysis of the Packers running game appears at AllGreenBayPackers.com with items on Alex Green and the running attack.

The Packers official website notes how Vernon Biever's work is being displayed at the team's Hall of Fame and a new honor for Aaron Rodgers.

A quick look at Mason Crosby comes from the Press-Gazette.

The defense is in focus in an article at Packer Report.

Video: Former Packer LeRoy Butler breaks down some Xs and Os with Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel...

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

No run test tomorrow, shut his ass down until the bye.

GBP 4 LIFE

bryce's picture

Jennings is getting a little bit of karma for running his mouth about his contract situation at the start of the season. Hope to see him back this season and as a Packer in the future, but your just asking for bad vibes when you start running your mouth.

Chad Toporski's picture

Running his mouth? He was answering questions asked of him by the media.

woodson4president's picture

Agreed....at least till az game. We play the jags on sunday n if we cant beat them without greg we should just quit.

Norman's picture

I agree, especially given that they are without MJD and possibly Gabbert (although that might be a blessing in disguise for Jax).

Hofschneider's picture

Not if the backup is Chad Henne.

Evan's picture

I guess the playoffs can change everything, but the future contract negotiations with Jennings (from the Packers or any team) are going to be really interesting.

What's the value of a 30-year-old WR who just came off a season in which he played in all of 7-9 games?

Beep's picture

Jennings might not be a game changing WR but he's still top 10 in the league right now. Look at how many chances TO, Moss, and Ochostinko got past 30.

Evan's picture

No doubt - though I might argue that "right now" he's injured. But my question is "at what price."

I don't see any way his inability to get on the field this season is not hurting his free agency value. I'm curious to see what he ultimately ends up getting.

PacMan's picture

Do you mean to tell me that these guys making millions per year don't see a specialist every time they are significantly injured? Seems a "bit penny wise and dollar foolish" to me.

CSS's picture

That's just it, it's not a significant until it persists beyond the typical recuperation time. Dr. Pat McKenzie, Packers Medical Director, is great and a specialist himself (Sports Medicine and Orthopedics). He and his staff can address the majority of sports related injuries, but some are just specialty-specific.

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