GREEN BAY – Coach Mike McCarthy expects wide receiver Greg Jennings and defensive end C.J. Wilson to be back to full health for the Green Bay Packers’ next game, Sept. 24 at Seattle on Monday Night Football.
Both players will have gotten ample rest between Thursday’s 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears and the team’s practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week.
“I’m pretty confident, yeah,” McCarthy replied when asked about Jennings’ and Wilson’s chances for the Seahawks. “I talked to C.J. afterwards, I talked to Greg beforehand. I’ll be surprised if they’re not ready by Monday.”
McCarthy gave the players Saturday, Sunday and Monday off this coming week. They’ll practice Tuesday afternoon, then have Wednesday off before their “regular week” practices before they depart for Seattle on Sunday.
“We’ll start our installation (of the game plan) with Seattle in practice on Tuesday afternoon,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy reported no other injuries coming out of the victory over the Bears. Wilson and Jennings both suffered groin injuries against San Francisco in the season opener on Sept. 9.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb took a hard hit to his shoulder while running an inside play on a handoff against the Bears but was able to return. McCarthy, who called an outside pitch to Cobb the next time he got it as a runner, said he wouldn’t be afraid to send Cobb between the tackles again if he needed to.
“I don’t worry about him. I was a little more worried about him on the first kickoff,” McCarthy said, referring to how Cobb was sent head-over-heels on the opening kickoff. “That’s a higher impact collision than any inline collisions. He’s a very natural runner. I’m not interested in running him 15 to 20 times a game, but we’re confident in him.”
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