GREEN BAY – Sunday was not a good day if you were a member of the Green Bay Packers with the last name Jennings.
The Packers lost both wide receiver Greg Jennings, when the two-time Pro Bowler aggravated a preexisting groin injury, and safety M.D. Jennings, who suffered a shoulder injury. Neither player returned to the game.
Greg Jennings’ final play was a 9-yard touchdown catch early in the second quarter. M.D. Jennings departed after a collision on defense five plays after Greg Jennings’ injury.
The offense survived without Greg Jennings, who also missed the team’s Week 2 win over Chicago with the injury, which dates back to the final minutes of the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against San Francisco.
“We’d love to have Greg out there obviously, but in a situation like that, we’ve had injuries the past two or three years here and the next guy up has got to step in and play well,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Randall Cobb had a big night tonight. He played really well, was able to get open a number of times and make the most of his opportunities.”
Added tight end Jermichael Finley: “Not talking down on Greg or whatnot, but in this league, it’s the next man up. And we’ve got a good next man up, and that’s 89 (James Jones), who showed up today and played tremendously. I’m excited about what we’ve got in store.”
M.D. Jennings’ injury threw a monkey wrench into defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ plan to match the Saints’ high-powered passing game – and the challenges of defending shifty running back Darren Sproles – with seven defensive backs. Capers had gone with seven DBs – Charles Woodson, Morgan Burnett, Jerron McMillian, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward and Jennings – until Jennings’ injury.
With two other DBs inactive (cornerback Davon House, safety Sean Richardson), Capers didn’t have enough DBs active after Jennings went out.
Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (shoulder) and Rodgers (eye) both returned from their injuries.
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