McCarthy on Monday: Updating Jennings

WR Greg Jennings (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Coach Mike McCarthy said Greg Jennings has a knee sprain that will keep him out for two to three weeks. He was clearly relieved that it wasn't anything more serious. That and more during our on-the-fly reporting from his Monday news conference.

Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings has a knee sprain and will be out a couple weeks, coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday.

"It could always be worse," McCarthy said, looking clearly relieved. "Yeah, we feel fortunate that it's only a couple weeks."

- Clearly in good humor, he chides us on Tweeting and typing.

- Has not talked to Jennings but he's "upbeat."

- Jennings is "going through treatment." Rehab the next couple of weeks.

- 2-3 weeks means he'd be back for the playoffs. "I would think that would be safe to say."

- Guard Josh Sitton might practice this week.

- Bye is "great advantage" going into playoffs.

- Sherrod at left tackle. Goes back to injury to Sitton. Only carries seven OL on gamedays. Newhouse was supposed to be first lineman in, at tackle or guard. With Newhouse in starting lineup and then Dietrich-Smith, need to find best combination going forward.

- Newhouse left tackle?: Not too late for Clifton to regain job. He looks good; had hard workout. He has a chance, McCarthy said. "He feels good but can't afford another setback." Hopeful can practice next week or Detroit week.

- Enough ammo with Jennings out; more opportunities for other players.

- Pickett and Saine had concussions; going through protocol. "Very optimistic" they'll be available this week.

- Other injuries: Nothing to report.

- Bishop? "Close" to practicing this week; Hawk is "ready to go."

- Fired Chiefs coach Todd Haley is a "good man." ... "You feel for his family. It changes their environment." Will be talked about in prep for this week's game. Thinks Chiefs will play with a lot of energy for interim coach Romeo Crennel. Feels it will be a highly contested game.

- Doesn't think they'll promote a receiver to get through next few games.

- Hawk was active but didn't play. "He's made at me, and he should be." Hawk was on "pitch count" of less than 30 plays. Was suppoed to play second half but no need with 31-0 at halftime.

- "Take your hat off" to guys like Robert Francois, who keeps fighting. Combative individual; more playmaker than people realize. He and D.J. Smith won game balls.

- Starks: "Hoping that he can go Wednesday." Will be tested Monday or Tuesday.

- Has considered what they'll do if they clinch and then going for 16-0 or resting players. "We're keeping the team focused and on point, and the point is beating Kansas City and getting to 14 wins."

- That's all from here ...

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