May 31, 02013
The last thing the Minnesota Vikings want to see is their investment on the sideline.
But Greg Jennings says not to worry.
“It’s May,” the high-priced addition to the team’s passing game said on Thursday.
Jennings suffered a “twisted” ankle in Tuesday’s OTA, according to Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The injury is not expected to be serious but there is caution with Jennings who missed eight games last season with a core muscle problem, missed time in training camp with a concussion and was held out of three games during the 2011 season with a knee injury.
“It’s May,” Jennings repeated. “I don’t think right now counts as much. It’s important. But it really doesn’t count as much as September and August. Really September through hopefully February.
“It is May. It is May. And I’m perfectly fine.”
Tommorrow, just for clarification, is June. So, the calendar is moving along and the point is Jennings is missing some time on the field with new quarterback Christian Ponder.
“That was the first thing I said. I’m like, ‘Really? Of all days,’ ” Jennings said. “ ‘Now the media is here and I’m not practicing. Great.’ ”
The good news? Jennings says he plans to be back on the field Tuesday when the Vikings resume OTA workouts. It will be June. But this isn’t expected to be a setback for Jennings, who believes he can build a relationship on the field with Ponder quickly. That is what the club is banking on after signing Jennings away from the Green Bay Packers with a $45 million, five-year contract that includes $17.8 million guaranteed.
“With a guy like Christian, he’s very smart. So it can happen,” Jennings said, per the report. “It can definitely happen. It’s one of those things where you kind of pick each other’s brains. And then once you’re on the field working together, that chemistry just starts to form itself.
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