The Green Bay Packers’ quest to become the third team in history to go unbeaten during the regular season took a bit of a hit on Sunday as top receiver Greg Jennings was injured during Green Bay’s 46-16 rout of Oakland, the Packers’ 18th straight victory.
Jennings injured his knee in the third quarter and left the field Sunday on a cart. The original fear was a torn ligament, but Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Jennings’ knee injury is only a sprain, and that it’s “safe to say” he should be ready for the playoffs. Jennings has caught 67 passes this season for 949 yards and nine touchdowns.
The former Western Michigan star has officially been ruled out 2-3 weeks but there’s obviously no need to rush him back, so Jennings will miss the team’s final three games: Sunday at Kansas City and home to Detroit and Chicago. Jordy Nelson will take over as the No. 1 receiver and James Jones should move into the starting lineup. The Packers have arguably the deepest receiving group in the NFL.
“He’s a big-time playmaker on this offense, and he’s going to be missed. There’s going to be a lot of the shoulders of whoever takes his spot,” tight end Jermichael Finley said.
With five touchdowns Sunday, the Packers have now scored a franchise-record 57 this season, helping bring their season total of points scored to 466, also a franchise record. No one has held Green Bay to fewer than 24 points.
The Packers can clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win this week at Kansas City or if San Francisco loses at home to Pittsburgh next Monday night.
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