For the first time in six weeks, the Packers’ third-year receiver Jeff Janis was cleared to catch passes on Monday without any kind of protection.
Janis underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand near the start of training camp, which caused him to miss all four of the Packers’ preseason games.
Although the injury has relegated Janis to the sideline on offense during the regular season, he has played 38 special-teams snaps with a protective club on his right hand in the Packers’ first three games.
Janis also hopes ditching the club could lead to more opportunities on offense after breaking out for seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ divisional playoff game in Arizona. The Packers are carrying seven receivers on this year’s roster, so it remains to be seen how many opportunities will be available for Janis on the offensive side of the ball.