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Jennings to have surgery to repair groin injury

Jennings to have surgery to repair groin injury

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Rest and rehab weren't enough to get Greg Jennings back on the field.

The Green Bay Packers' No. 1 receiver will have surgery next Tuesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle that has kept him out for most of the season. He would not put a timetable on his return, but said recovery from the 20- to 25-minute outpatient procedure is not season-ending.

``Honestly, I'm over being bummed about it. That took place three, four weeks ago,'' Jennings said Thursday. ``It is what it is. I need to take care of it to 100 percent, and that's the process I'm taking.''

The two-time Pro Bowler was initially hurt in the closing minutes of the Sept. 9 opener against San Francisco. He sat out the next week's game against Chicago, and returned to play at Seattle on Sept. 24. But he aggravated the injury against New Orleans, and came out of the Sept. 30 game in the second quarter after a 9-yard touchdown catch, his first of the season.

Jennings had hoped the injury would heal with treatment and strength work. But he continued to feel pain when he was in the weight room or tried to run, and feared the injury wasn't improving as he'd hoped. When he felt his groin tighten up as he ran off the field after last weekend's game in St. Louis, Jennings knew more aggressive treatment was needed.

``The trainers have done a great job in the rehabilitation stages to get me to where I am right now,'' he said. ``But now we have to take it a step further.''

He traveled Wednesday to Philadelphia to see Dr. William Meyers, who specializes in abdominal and groin injuries.

``The way he described it to me was simply two people pulling on the end of a rope and it starts to fray. The more tugging, the more fraying, which means the more tearing occurs,'' Jennings said. ``That's what I have going on.''

Meyers told Jennings he could have either an injection or surgery. But it would take a few days to see if the injection worked.

If it didn't, Jennings would need surgery anyway.

``The injection would've masked most of the pain, but there was still no guarantee I could go out there and hit that last gear,'' Jennings said. ``That's the one thing I have to have ... to create more separation. So, there's no sense to me in taking a shot that may or may not work, may take three-days-to-a-week to actually start to work. I could have spent the week rehabbing on a surgery that's going to get me back perfect.''

Jennings said he'll be able to walk out of the procedure, which will be done in Philadelphia. He joked that he'll be back in the locker room Wednesday and ``you guys will never know.''

The injury has come at the most inopportune time for Jennings, who is in the last year of his contract.

Though he's had 1,000-yard seasons in three of the last four years and is seventh on Green Bay's career list with 401 receptions, some believe the Packers will let Jennings go as an unrestricted free. The 29-year-old figures to command a contract averaging more than $10 million per season and, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, outside linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive tackle B.J. Raji needing extensions, there might not be enough money to go around.

The Packers are probably deeper at receiver than any other position, too, and Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb have all had big performances in Jennings' absence. Nelson had three touchdown catches against Houston, and has had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. Jones caught two TD passes in three straight games, tying a franchise record. Cobb followed his first 100-yard receiving game, against Houston, with a pair of touchdown receptions against St. Louis.

``Free agency will take care of itself,'' Jennings said. ``Hopefully, I've put on film certain plays that I'm able to make and showcase my talents. ... Right now, I have to take care of myself and do what's best for me.''

And that is to have surgery.

Asked if he wishes he'd made this decision earlier, Jennings said it's pointless to think about.

``You always wish you'd done things differently once it didn't work,'' he said. ``But the past is the past. You can't live in the past, you can't change the past. Time keeps on ticking. So right now, the decision and the choice that we're going with is going to get me back to 100 percent.''

Notes: DT B.J. Raji, who has missed the last two games with a bad ankle, was able to practice on a limited basis Thursday. ``I thought he looked good,'' coach Mike McCarthy said. ``He was jumping around there, looked like old self.'' ... McCarthy said he thinks backup DE Mike Neal, who injured his knee against the Rams, will be able to play in Sunday's game against Jacksonville. ... With so many players banged up - the Packers had 13 players on Thursday's injury report - McCarthy is cutting practices short this week. ``You don't want to stress your team while getting ready for a game,'' he said.

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!

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