Packers should hold Jennings out through the bye

Greg Jennings has been out for three straight games and if the Packers are smart they will keep him out until after the bye. Raymond T. Rivard photograph


The guessing game for the Green Bay Packers has started – will Greg Jennings be cleared this week to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars?

After missing three straight games because of a lingering groin injury suffered in the first game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers, there have been many who felt that Jennings would hit the field this week.

I hope not … it’s not worth it.

In fact, I feel the Packers should hold Jennings out this week and next. With the Packers then set for their bye the week after that, it will give Jennings plenty of time to heal and be ready to go for the playoff push after the bye.

Why should the Packers push the point and try to rush Jennings back at this point. The team is on a run of success and with two of the weakest sisters coming to play at Lambeau Field over the next two weeks, it’s the belief of just about everyone on the planet that there really isn’t a need for Jennings.

Considering that Jordy Nelson has put together two straight 100 yard games and Randall Cobb and James Jones have propelled to stardom, these factors have pushed the Packers into a position where they should come out of the bye with a 6-3 record ready to go into November and December as the favorites to win the National Football Conference title.

It’s the final two months of the season that the Packers will be needing a healthy Greg Jennings.

Now, all that could change if Jennings doesn’t heal … and there was talk late last night that he was considering seeing a specialist about his condition.

But even if that occurs, the Packers are still in a great position to succeed without the services of Jennings. There’s no reason to rush things along. Jennings will be better for it and so will the Packers.

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