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Greg Jennings Fantasy Injury Update: Will the Packers Wide Receiver Return in Week 6?

By Melissa Siegel, Posted: 10/10/12 04:11PM EDT
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Jennings called out former quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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Injuries are mounting for the Green Bay Packers, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.  And the team may once again be without their best receiver come Sunday.

Greg Jennings already missed the Packers' Week Two game against the Chicago Bears with a groin injury and then re-hurt the groin two weeks later against the New Orleans Saints.

As a result, he also missed this past Sunday's contest against the Indianapolis Colts, and his status for Green Bay's matchup with the Houston Texans is still up in the air. 

The wideout missed practice on Wednesday and will not practice on Thursday either, according to Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy. He may practice on Friday but could still be a game-time decision for the Houston contest.

Jennings' ailment is just one of several injuries for the Packers on the offensive side of the ball. Running back Cedric Benson will be out around eight weeks with a Lisfranc foot injury, and tight end Jermichael Finley is missing practice with an injured shoulder.

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If Jennings doesn't play, James Jones and Randall Cobb remain sold options in his place. Jones scored two touchdowns against the Colts last week, while Cobb grabbed a touchdown himself and also averaged over 20 yards per reception. He will likely have an even bigger role going forward with Benson and possibly Finley out as well.

You could also look to the waiver wire. The St. Louis Rams just lost top wideout Danny Amendola for an extended period of time with a shoulder injury, and the squad faces the Miami Dolphins' pass defense on Sunday. Miami is allowing 281.8 yards per game through the air, sixth-worst in the league. Thus, Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens should see increased targets and may score a touchdown or two.

Either one is worth a flyer for a week or two, especially since the Rams play the Packers and New England Patriots in the next two weeks. New England ranks third-to-last in the league in passing yards allowed per game, while the Packers have already allowed 10 touchdowns through the air this season.

Another potential sleeper is Andre Roberts, the Arizona Cardinals receiver who faces the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Bills have allowed 12 passing touchdowns this season, tied for second-most in the league. Roberts is Arizona's second leading receiver in terms of yardage and has twice as many touchdowns as his more-heralded teammate, Larry Fitzgerald.

 

 



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