Packers: Greg Jennings should return in '12

Finally, we have some clarity on the condition and future of Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings. After missing four games this season, including the past three, Jennings revealed to reporters in Green Bay that he has a muscle tear in his abdomen and will undergo surgery next week.

Jennings and the Packers apparently feel confident he will return at some point this season, but Jennings didn't provide a timetable. He has already had one setback, in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints, and surgery is probably his safest path to complete recovery.

In the meantime, the Packers have transitioned to a nice rotation of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb in their three-man receiver sets. They still have veteran Donald Driver on their roster for depth should another injury occur, and eventually Jennings will re-enter the mix as well.

If nothing else, Jennings' injury has probably cemented his departure from Green Bay after this season. He is a pending free agent, and there were no known contract discussions even before the injury. Cobb's emergence has softened the blow considerably, and the Packers have some monster contract negotiations ahead of them with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews, among them.