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Is it time to worry about Jennings?

Aug 14, 2012 -- 8:23pm
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GREEN BAY – Greg Jennings missed another day of practice on Tuesday, meaning it’s now been 11 days since the Green Bay Packers two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver suffered a concussion in the team’s Aug. 3 Family Night Scrimmage.

Is it time to worry?

“Well, it’s a long time,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged Tuesday afternoon. “So obviously based on the extent of his injury, he obviously needs (this) much time. He did some more testing and he’s still going through the protocol test, but we’re not going to put him back out there until we’re 100 percent (sure) that he’s clear.”

Jennings’ lengthy absence, along with the fact that left tackle Marshall Newhouse, who also suffered a concussion during Family Night and didn’t return to practice until Monday, underscores how the more stringent post-concussion protocols will likely keep players out for longer periods of time than in the past. That means having ready-to-play backups is even more important.

“I don’t know if it’s more important, it certainly is important. And it’s something that we as a staff have talked quite a bit about,” general manager Ted Thompson said. “We’re going a little bit into uncharted waters, and you prepare for as much as you can prepare for, but there’s also the possibility that there’ll be degrees you won’t be prepared for. So you do the best you can.”

Four players have suffered concussions so far in camp: Jennings, Newhouse, tight end Ryan Taylor and tight end Jermichael Finley. Finley missed the least amount of time, only a couple practices. Taylor returned to practice this week.

Jennings has not been in the locker room during any media availability sessions this week. He did not reply to an iMessage Tuesday night.

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