Nov 20, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Buccaneers 35-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Packers injury news good and bad

Greg Jennings may play Sunday.

This Friday’s release of the Green Bay Packers‘ injury report had some unsettling, yet not surprising news: That OLB Clay Matthews will be out for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants.

Both Charles Woodson and Sam Shields have also been ruled out.

While it was hoped Matthews would be ready to go, we all knew that Woodson and Shields wouldn’t be.

So, while that’s not such good news for Packers fans, there is some good news on the injury front and that includes news that wide receiver Greg Jennings and tight end Andrew Quarless are a step away from hitting the field. Both have been listed as questionable and could be gametime decisions.

Jennings suffered a groin injury in the first game of the season and  then aggravated it two weeks later. When the injury was slow to heal, Jennings decided to have surgery – a procedure that was delayed a week because of Superstorm Sandy. Jennings had the procedure completed in Philadelphia, which was hit hard by the storm and because his surgery was delayed, so was his recovery.

August 3, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) looks on prior to the Family Night scrimmage at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

However, he returned to practice this week and reported he was feeling no pain and was close to ready. The Packers, which are clearly being cautious with their top receiver, have decided to list him as questionable, which means he has a 50-50 chance of playing.

The same goes for Quarless, the tight end who missed all of training camp and hasn’t had a chance to hit the field through the first three-fourths of the season. This could be his chance to at least get on the field and get his game-playing legs under him. That’s good news for the Packers who need all the depth they can get at tight end. Quarless could be a needed set of fresh legs come the last month of the year.

So, while this season has been disastrous for the Packers on the injury front, the news about Jennings and Quarless is indeed good and should soften the blow about the loss of Matthews.

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