GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The question is no longer whether Greg Jennings will play Sunday at Indianapolis.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy took care of that on Thursday, ruling the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver out with the groin injury that has nagged him all season.
"I had a conversation with Greg before practice, and we just talked through the history of his injury. And we felt like we were going around in a circle," McCarthy said. "We just felt, 'Why take this decision all the way to Sunday?'"
Jennings suffered the injury in the closing minutes of Sept. 9 opener against San Francisco, then missed the Sept. 13 victory over Chicago. He returned to play at Seattle on Sept. 24, then aggravated the injury last Sunday against New Orleans and had to come out of the game in the second quarter after his 9-yard touchdown catch.
"(I've) got to be smart now," said Jennings, who is in the last year of his contract and has 12 catches for 78 yards and one touchdown. "Honestly, that's where my frustration starts. (You want to) be a tough guy (but it's) not so much (about) being a tough guy - you just want to go out there and play. There's a difference between being smart with it and being kind of ignorant. ... I can't keep having that up and down - I'm in one game, out the next, not sure one game, good the next. I can't keep doing that to myself or the team. "
The game at Indianapolis kicks off a three-game road trip for the Packers, as they'll travel to undefeated Houston for a Sunday night game on Oct. 14 followed by an Oct. 20 date at St. Louis.
Offensively, the Packers have found themselves adjusting to life without Jennings a lot. Late last season, Jennings suffered a knee injury on Dec. 11 against Oakland, then missed the final three games against Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit before returning for the Packers' season-ending playoff loss to the New York Giants.