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Cullen Jenkins Hopes to Return This Season

December 14, 2010

The day after I wondered aloud if Cullen Jenkins’ calf injury would cause him to be shut down for the rest of the season, the Packers’ defensive end and his coach offered some cautious optimism.

Head coach Mike McCarthy suggested that if the team was going to place Jenkins on the injured-reserve list, they would have done so already. Jenkins is still holding on to the chance of rejoining his team this season.

“We still have hope about (playing again this season),” Jenkins said. “We still think it’s a possibility.”

Jenkins added that he is uncertain when he will be able to return.

“These muscle injuries, hard to tell because you never know when it’s going to be to that point when you turn the corner and start feeling better,” said Jenkins. “But until then we’ll just have to keep taking it easy, try to let it heal itself. There’s not too much you can actually do.”

The 7th year pro out of Central Michigan revealed that his off-season workouts may have contributed to the injury.

“I’ve been talking with the strength coaches about it,” Jenkins said. “It could have something to do with the off-season workouts that I was doing this year, especially when I went back on my own, doing a lot of distance jog stuff to try to drop weight or keep my weight down. Things like that they think contributed to it.”

Jenkins added that he is trying “not to think about” missing the rest of the season, but admitted his calf hurts when he walks.

“It’s stiff and tender, pretty much every step I take I feel it,” he said. “So right now I’ll go home, put it up and rest it. Just keep doing that.”

The Packers’ run defense sorely missed Jenkins during Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Detroit Lions. The defense only gave up 7 points, but the defensive line was bullied for 190 rushing yards. Head coach Mike McCarthy has indicated that Jenkins will miss the upcoming Patriots game, but whether or not Jenkins returns for the final two games of the season may go a long way in determining the fate of the 2010 Green Bay Packers.

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