This was a given when it was revealed receiver Jeff Janis has a fracture in his hand on Saturday. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy got the formality out of the way on Sunday.
McCarthy told the media Janis won’t practice this week, but did not give a timetable for his return.
“He won’t practice this week,” McCarthy said. “I really haven’t talked to (team physician Pat) McKenzie as far as the specifics of his timeline and so forth. He will not be available this week.”
The Packers haven’t confirmed the injury yet, either. However, it doesn’t appear that Janis will be able to return anytime soon.
We expect him to be sidelined for at least three weeks and that’s assuming he doesn’t need surgery.
That likely removes any shot Janis had of claiming the No. 3 receiver job. That slot appears to be down to Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis.
The Green Bay Packers are NOT going to cut Jeff Janis. Where they list him on the depth chart doesn’t mean anything. The Packers will cut at least one very talented receiver, or Davante Adams. That is the only story to follow.
Not being able to practice is never good, especially for a guy like Janis. But his hand is the least of his problems, his hand will heal.
There’s a picture of Janis and Jordy standing around during Sunday’s practice. Janis has his index and middle finger wrapped with a brace going down to his forearm. Looks to me like he punched something and has a “boxer’s break”. I did that a few months back, but mine was on my 5th metacarpal (pinky). I was back playing hockey and flag football in 5 weeks without surgery. The 1st and 2nd metacarpals usually need surgery though, and those are the two fingers that I mentioned were wrapped up so I guess we will see.