A lingering groin injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings. The seventh-year veteran is coming off consecutive Pro Bowl seasons and is in the final year of his contract. He's in line for, probably, the last major payday of his NFL career.
But Jennings hasn't been on the field. He suffered the injury in Week 1, missed Week 2 and didn't play in the second half of Week 4.
"Extremely frustrated, honestly," Jennings said, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Trying not to let it completely overtake me and let it become overwhelming. Again, seven years playing this game at this level, I've never experienced what I've experienced this year.
"It's a new territory for me, but I'm getting through it."
The Packers and Jennings don't appear to be close to a contract extension. Green Bay has one of the deepest receiving groups in the league and and could afford to lose Jennings more than most teams.
But that's next year. Right now, Jennings would love to make a strong impression on whoever is watching. He's not a me-first, money guy, but we are talking about his livelihood and the ability to provide for his family in the future.
Jennings said he's not even thinking about the contract, but that doesn't mean front-office personnel from around the league aren't.
"Honestly, I'm not even focused on that," Jennings said. "I really need to get back on the football field and be 100 percent. The contract, that's going to take care of itself. It's going to be what it's going to be. I can't predict the future.
"I couldn't predict this. It is what it is. If I can get back out there and be 100 percent, my performance will speak for itself. I'm not concerned about that, not at all. I'm not concerned about the contract. You guys maybe, possibly, are thinking about it more than I am, honestly."
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