GREEN BAY, Wis. — On Friday, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings said he wasn’t going to be 100 percent by the time Monday night rolls around.
After watching Jennings take his normal number of snaps in team drills Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy seemed to disagree.
One day after returning from a groin injury and practicing in pads, Jennings made even more strides Saturday. He was listed as questionable on the Packers’ injury report, but McCarthy didn’t hide the fact Jennings was all but a lock to play against Seattle on “Monday Night Football.”
“Greg looked good today,” McCarthy said after practice Saturday. “I thought he made a big jump from earlier in the week. Practiced well. His examination in the morning will be the key to whether he goes or not. But I thought he looked like himself today.”
Jennings suffered a setback Tuesday when he tried to return too early, but after resting Wednesday and Thursday he was able to take part in some team drills Friday.
During a 2-minute drill Saturday, Jennings caught three passes and looked to be moving around without discomfort.
Still, he admitted Friday he would be fighting through the injury for a while. He said after practice that was the first time he pushed himself to the brink since injuring his groin at the end of the San Francisco game.
One concern McCarthy had earlier in the week was how many plays Jennings could take part in if he were able to play. The longer he plays, the weaker he’d become and the more susceptible he would be to re-injury.
However, McCarthy said Saturday he was convinced Jennings was ready to handle whatever load he gave him.
“That was really part of him taking the full snaps today,” McCarthy said. “Wanted to see him go through a full practice. He took them all. It didn’t look to be an issue.”
In a contract year, this hasn’t been an ideal start for Jennings. He caught just five passes for 34 yards in the opener before suffering the groin pull. Before that he missed most of training camp with an elbow injury and a concussion.
Being on the sideline isn’t something Jennings wanted to get used to.
“Something that I’m not pretty high on doing is standing on the sideline as much as I’ve been standing on the sideline,” Jennings said. “And missing practice, for that matter, as much. Growing pains, I guess. Gotta go through it at some point. I’ll get through it. I’m a positive guy.
“I’m not completely worried about it lingering too bad. It is what it is. It’s going to be something I’m going to have to push through right now. If I can get close to 100 percent, that’s all I’m looking for.”