For the second year in a row, it looks like Aaron Rodgers will begin the regular season without his full compliment of receivers. Sort of.
Jeff Janis got some bad news from doctors on Monday. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers wideout is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his hand sustained during practice last Wednesday. The injury requires screws to be inserted in the bones around Janis’ index finger. Even the most optimistic timeline has the third-year player missing the season opener.
While it’s not quite as devastating as losing, say, Jordy Nelson, Janis was making a bid to make the Packers’ 53-man roster. With only four career catches in the NFL, it’s unclear how strong the odds were for 2014 seventh-round draft pick out of Saginaw Valley State in a crowded field.
Then again, Janis did record seven receptions for 145 yards with two touchdowns in Green Bay’s divisional-round playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals last season. At 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, the 25-year-old also has value on special teams, including as a kick returner.
The Packers are deep at receiver though, with Nelson, Randall Cobb, Devante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jared Abbrederis and rookie Trevor Davis all in the mix. Missing the remainder of training camp and full slate of preseason action can’t be helping Janis’ cause.