With two screws surgically implanted into Jeff Janis’ fractured right hand, there’s little chance the Green Bay Packers receiver will be ready for the start of the regular season.
So where does that leave the third-year pro who was hoping to parlay his playoff performance last year against the Arizona Cardinals into a larger role in the offense?
“I haven’t even thought about that really,” Janis said Monday. “I’m just going to focus on healing up and being ready when I’m ready. I haven’t really thought that far into the future. I’m just going to try to get better.
“They say four to six weeks, but it could be sooner than that, it could be longer. It all depends on how it heals.”
In addition to Janis’ injury, the Packers still don’t have Jordy Nelson (knee) on the field; he remains on the physically unable to perform list. It’s still a relatively deep group that includes Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, Ty Montgomery, Ed Williams plus impressive rookies Trevor Davis and Geronimo Allison. The story also said if the Packers still want to play Janis this season, they could carry him on the 53-man roster and declare him as one of the game-day inactives until he’s ready to play. Or they could put him on injured reserve and use their one IR exemption to bring him back at some point.