Green Bay’s Greg Jennings is listed as questionable for Monday night against Seattle after missing thePackers’ previous game with a groin injury.
His coach and teammates suspect the Pro Bowl wide receiver has a better than a 50-50 shot of playing in the Packers’ first road game this season.
“I thought Greg looked good today,” coach Mike McCarthy said after watching Jennings practice Saturday for the second consecutive day. “He made a big jump from earlier in the week. He practiced well.”
Concerns about Jennings’ availability cropped up after the team withheld him from practice Thursday. Jennings tested his groin Tuesday. He practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday.
Jennings was initially hurt in the final minutes of Green Bay’s season-opening loss to San Francisco on Sept. 9. The Packers had a quick turnaround for their next game, beating Chicago four days later.
JETS: Have parted ways with linebacker Bryan Thomas, their longest-tenured player.
Thomas was released Saturday, a day before the team’s game at Miami, to make room on the roster for cornerback Donnie Fletcher, who was signed off the practice squad.
Thomas was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2002 and has been a key part of the Jets’ defense, mostly as a solid run-stuffing linebacker. He missed most of last season with a torn left Achilles tendon, but was re-signed to a one-year, $900,000 contract in March.
Thomas has been dealing with a hamstring injury the last two weeks, and was listed as doubtful for the Jets’ game at Miami today.
He has bben replaced in the starting defense by Garrett McIntyre, who had two sacks last Sunday at Pittsburgh.
The Jets also announced that tight end Dustin Keller and fullback John Conner are out for the game with injuries and would not travel with the team Saturday.
There’s a good chance Thomas could be back with the team because he’s still dealing with an injury and is a vested veteran with a guaranteed salary and is not subject to waivers. Backup cornerback Ellis Lankster is dealing with a sore back and unlikely to play, forcing the Jets to elevate Fletcher for depth in the secondary.
By cutting the veteran Thomas, the Jets avoided having to subject a younger player to waivers.