NFL

Packers' Jennings returns to practice

November 22, 2012 

  • Thursday

    12:30 p.m. — Houston at Detroit (CBS-27)

    4:15 p.m. — Washington at Dallas (Fox-56)

    8:30 p.m. — New England at New York Jets (NBC-18)

Now that Greg Jennings is back to practice, playing in a game might not be too far behind.

The Green Bay Packers' No. 1 receiver said he felt great after practicing Wednesday for the first time since having surgery Nov. 1 to repair a torn abdominal muscle. Jennings caught balls and ran routes in his limited time at practice, then went inside to run and work on his endurance.

"There were some routes I was able to push it," he said. "I pretty much pushed myself to see how much I can take. As far as speed, I got up to full speed on a few routes. Felt really great. My wind is horrible right now so I'm trying to get my wind under wraps. But other than that, I felt great."

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said it would be "a stretch" for Jennings to play Sunday night against the New York Giants, and Jennings won't put a timetable on his return.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection has missed all but three games this season after getting hurt in the season opener against the 49ers.

Bengals: Palmer no issue

Andy Dalton has never spoken to Carson Palmer, the quarterback he replaced last year. Coach Marvin Lewis has limited his interaction with the former franchise player to a few texts.

None of the Bengals has stayed in close contact with Palmer since they parted ways a little more than a year ago. And there's not a whole lot to say about their slightly awkward reunion Sunday, when Palmer's Raiders come to Paul Brown Stadium.

For the Bengals, it's less about Palmer and more about the playoffs. They are one game out in the wild card race.

"We moved on past the Carson situation a while back," Bengals safety Chris Crocker said.

Around the league

Chiefs: Brady Quinn is getting another shot on Kansas City's quarterback merry-go-round. Coach Romeo Crennel announced Wednesday that Quinn will start Sunday's game against the Broncos, regaining the job he lost when he sustained a concussion against Oakland.

Matt Cassel has started the past three weeks, but the team hasn't looked any different than early in the year. The Chiefs are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak that's dropped them to 1-9, tied for last in the NFL.

Jaguars: Jacksonville placed quarterback Blaine Gabbert on injured reserve because he needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. Chad Henne will start Sunday against Tennessee.

Cardinals: Rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley will make his first NFL start against the Rams on Sunday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced his decision to go with the sixth-round draft pick from San Diego State over John Skelton on Wednesday.

Broncos: Denver will have to make a deep run in the playoffs to get Willis McGahee any more carries this season. The Broncos put the 31-year-old running back on recallable injured reserve, meaning he can return to practice after missing the final six regular-season games and play in a game after Jan. 18. That would bring Denver up to the AFC title game.

McGahee tore the medical collateral ligament in his right knee Sunday.

Eagles: With LeSean McCoy sidelined by a concussion, rookie Bryce Brown is expected to get a bulk of the carries when Philadelphia plays Carolina on Monday night. "It's exciting. I'm looking forward to the opportunity," said Brown, who left two colleges, including Tennessee, in a three-year span.

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