Greg Jennings is a Study of the Cruel World of Football
Family Night is usually a great thing for the NFL season and the players. It is named differently for each team, but it is that night in pre-season where the "new" version each team is showcased in front of the most excited fans in each NFL city. For Greg Jennings, it was the beginning of what will be an un-fulfilled season that comes at the worst time. Family Night will cost Greg Jennings millions of dollars.
This season is the final year of the wide receiver's contract. On that night, Jennings tweaked his hamstring. It seemed minor at the time. No one saw him in an any significant way for about six weeks when he played during the first week of the season against the San Francisco Forty-Niners. He re-injured himself during the final plays of the game. At first, it was reported to still be his hamstring (EDIT: This is incorrect, it was reported as his groin, see correction below).
He sat out against Chicago, but played against Seattle, reaggravating the injury. He caught his first touchdown of the season against the Saints with a nine yard catch. He came off the field. That was four weeks ago.
Finally, the true nature of the injury came to light yesterday. Jennings will have surgery to repair his groin
. Or is it his abdominal muscle? Either way, it is just another step in a year that is becoming a long season for the star receiver.
For his contract, it can't help that the Packers still have the best quarterback rating in the league without him. It can't help that it will be hard to come back at 100% for any great amount of time before the playoffs start. He is expected to miss the next three weeks or more. I know this; I would not want to be the cornerback covering Jennings with something to prove in the playoffs; assuming Green Bay makes it.
Ultimately, when people wonder why the players always ask for every single penny they can squeeze out of a signing bonus and a contract that can be severed at any time; this is why. Greg Jennings has been the best wide receiver on Green Bay for about 4 years running. It is unlikely he will be paid like it. The lost games this year will definitely be brought up in negotiations. He will be 30 next year.
He may sit out the next Family Night. If you are a fan of the team he plays for then; don't hold it against him.