Jennings Okay, Green Lost for Season

Wide receiver Greg Jennings is not expected to miss any games with a hand bruise, while running back Alex Green sustained a season-ending knee injury.

Head coach Mike McCarthy had some good news and some bad news during his typical Monday afternoon day-after-game press conference.

Wide receiver Greg Jennings who was hurt in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings has a bruised hand.

"I don't see him having an issue moving forward, getting ready for San Diego," said McCarthy referring to the Packers next game on Nov. 6.

At the other end of the spectrum is rookie running back Alex Green who sustained a season-ending knee injury. McCarthy couldn't speak to the specifics of the knee injury but said surgery will take place.

"Any time you have these type of injuries, there's usually a seven to ten day period where they let the knee settle down," said McCarthy. "Surgery will take place, but as far as the details of it, we won't know until after."

If and when the Packers place Green on injured reserve will be a wait and see game. They waited several weeks to make the same move official with safety Nick Collins earlier this year after he suffered a neck injury in Week 2.

Candidates to take his place could be practice squad running back Brandon Saine or Dimitri Nance who was with the Packers most of last season and during training camp this year before being cut.

The Packers went several weeks without Green on the gameday active roster, so it's a possibility they could decide they don't need another running back as well. McCarthy said he'll continue to visit with general manager Ted Thompson to go through all possibilities.

In other injury news, cornerback Sam Shields was cleared by doctors today, meaning he'll be back for the Packers next game.

McCarthy also said offensive lineman Chad Clifton and defensive lineman Mike Neal were making progress but didn't elaborate.

The Packers now enter their bye week. They are reviewing film today, but when that's over, will be allowed to leave Green Bay.

McCarthy said the original plan was to keep the team together through Tuesday, but based upon their success, they earned the extra day off.

The team will reconvene on Sunday when they will begin preparation for the Chargers in Week 9.

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Mark's picture

October 24, 2011 at 03:56 pm

Sucks about Green I think they promote Brandon Saine to take his spot.

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Scriptura's picture

October 24, 2011 at 04:20 pm

Well..I think we are still on track for less IR players then last year...

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packsmack25's picture

October 24, 2011 at 04:49 pm

Alex Green is Justin Harrell!

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Brian Carriveau's picture

October 24, 2011 at 04:56 pm

A wise man once said, don't feed the trolls.

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Bearmeat's picture

October 24, 2011 at 07:37 pm

Now THAT is sarcasm Packsmack.

With Neal/Harrell comparisons, you can at least make a semblance of an argument. With Green, it's just obvious you are joking.

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NoWayJose's picture

October 24, 2011 at 05:31 pm

Damn. Poor guy. Never really got to see much of him in action did we? I think he remains a real mystery man going into next year.

This could have an interesting impact on Ryan Grant. Lots of stuff to play out between here and the offseason, but it's conceivable that this could bolster his chances to get re-signed.

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PackersRS's picture

October 24, 2011 at 05:41 pm

This wasn't his year anyway, he was drafted for the future.

I hope he doesn't get down, keeps studying the playbook, because next year Grant will probably be gone.

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fish/crane's picture

October 24, 2011 at 05:41 pm

Green was this year's December surprise. Guess we'll have to somehow make do.....................

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Idiot Fan's picture

October 24, 2011 at 05:57 pm

I'm still holding out hope that Neal is this year's December surprise...

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Brian Snyder's picture

October 24, 2011 at 07:24 pm

Just hope Green's injury is not career damaging.

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asshalo's picture

October 24, 2011 at 07:30 pm

Kinda disappointed they were vague on Neal, especially since they said they were hoping for a return after the bye week. I mean, he still has two weeks, but it's just discouraging. He's definitely not a bust yet, but the way they are guarding his status definitely reminds me of Justin Harrell.

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paxbak's picture

October 24, 2011 at 07:54 pm

I don't know about the rest of you, but after last year, I hate seeing that little ambulance with the red cross on it. My stomach sinks every time. Good thing it wasn't a starter. Hope the injury doesn't affect Green long term. We'll need him next year. Promote Nance... he looked good in pre-season.

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Tommyboy's picture

October 24, 2011 at 09:53 pm

That's okay - they're all gassed up and headed to Indy this year, just like they made it to Dallas last year.

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Dan's picture

October 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Too bad about Green. It's tough to see a young player suffer an injury like that. Here's hoping he'll be okay for next season.

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Chucking Wood 21's picture

October 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I am disappointed that Cobb tried running the kickoff out of the endzone 5 yards deep. I know has one touchdown in the past from the endzone. But he just sprinted straight out and practically ran into the back of Green's leg.

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donc's picture

October 25, 2011 at 01:32 pm

more worried about kuhn getting hurt than replacing green. then we got a real problem

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Mr. Bacon's picture

October 25, 2011 at 01:44 pm

Next Man Up.

The way how Grant is running into the blockers as always, and Starks easily the better RB.

This could be Brandon Saine's chance to audition next year for a 2nd string job.

Do you want to be a NFL Running Back; Then go get it kid!

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