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Jennings could return Sunday

Aug 17, 2012 -- 4:45pm
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GREEN BAY – Two weeks after suffering a concussion during the annual Family Night Scrimmage, Greg Jennings is close to returning to the field, according to coach Mike McCarthy.

The Green Bay Packers two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, sidelined since Aug. 3 with a concussion, has missed both of the team’s preseason games while going through the NFL-mandated post-concussion protocols.

But McCarthy said Friday, a day after the team’s 35-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns, that Jennings could return to practice on Sunday, the next time the team is back on Ray Nitschke Field.

“Greg Jennings has advanced through the protocol process and potentially will be available for Sunday’s practice,” McCarthy said.

The Packers did not practice Friday and there is no practice open to the public or media on Saturday. Jennings’ return would be Sunday at 11:15 a.m. McCarthy said it will be wait-and-see on how Jennings progresses before a decision is made on his availability for next Thursday night’s game at Cincinnati.

The same is true of tight end Jermichael Finley, McCarthy said. Finley has missed the first two preseason games with a quadriceps strain.

“We have to see Greg on the field and see Jermichael on the field and go through the week of preparation and, frankly, see where they are as far as the rep count,” McCarthy said. “I would say as I stand here today, I don’t know if they would go the full rep count as the other players, but I could be proven wrong. We’ll let the week determine that.”

McCarthy said Finley worked out during pregame for the Browns game and looked good.

“He’s getting better. His running and testing has picked up,” McCarthy said. “He ran out on the field before the game last night. He’s getting close, that’s what they tell you.”

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