For the second time this season, the Packers will be without the services of wide receiver Greg Jennings, as the newest face of Old Spice was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Jennings, who dealt with concussion issues in the offseason, is now again sidelined by the groin injury that caused him to miss Week 2's game against the Bears. And apparently Mike McCarthy was tired of dealing with his rehabilitation process.
"With Jennings, I felt like we were going around in a circle. Why wait until Sunday? Shut him down for a week, concentrate on rehab," McCarthy said.
Without Jennings in Week 2, Green Bay's offense looked plenty capable. Jordy Nelson caught six balls for 84 yards and Donald Driver even picked up a touchdown reception. And that was against the Bears, who are substantially better at defense than the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts actually give up fewer passing yards per game to opponents, but they're allowing 27.7 points per game (Chicago allows only 17) and they give up 8.1 yards per attempt to opposing quarterbacks. And, Indy's yardage total through the air is misconstrued because they get gashed on the ground by teams and Chicago doesn't.
It's doubtful that McCarthy is gambling the Packers can beat the Colts without Jennings and trying to buy the receiver an extra week to get healthy, but surely the opponent plays into part of the decision, especially with the Texans looming in Week 6.
Jennings hasn't been too effective in 2012 anyway, catching just 12 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown. Certainly Green Bay would prefer to have him, but if there was a good week to miss and get healthy, this is it.
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