The health news for the most part has been good this week, with guys like Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford getting set to return to the lineup, but it hasn’t been 100% good. The one new major bad report from Thursday had Greg Jennings experiencing an issue with his Achilles tendon and being downgraded to limited status for practice.
This is the first I’m hearing about Jennings having anything wrong with his Achilles. It’s possibly a measure of how small his impact has been that we haven’t even noticed there was anything wrong with him on the field. By the sound of it, this is a minor issue and the team is just being cautious.
Hopefully this is a minor issue, cause the last thing Greg Jennings needs right now is an injury. That would be a huge blow on top of everything else that’s gone wrong for him this season. It started bad with the offseason Aaron Rodgers sniping controversy, and has only gotten worse as the underwhelming game performances have piled up.
It’s not all Jennings’ fault of course. When your QB situation is as unsettled as the Vikings’ has been, your wide receivers are going to suffer production-wise. But it’s also fair to ask if Jennings is simply going downhill as a player. He’s not especially old but he’s got a lot of miles on him and he’s been hurt.
Jennings has brought certain things to the table outside of on-field production, including badly-needed leadership, but mostly he was brought in to produce yards and touchdowns. And so far he hasn’t gotten it done. Not enough to justify $17.8 million in guaranteed money. There’s still time for him to turn it around of course, but if he’s dinged up, that’s not going to help.