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Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

By The Sports Xchange
Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis out 4-6 weeks with broken hand
Green Bay Packers receiver Jeff Janis (L) in the second quarter vs. Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 16. Janis is out up to six weks with a broken hand. File photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

Green Bay Packers receiver Jeff Janis underwent surgery on his broken right hand and will be sidelined approximately four to six weeks.

Janis told reporters that screws were inserted into his index finger to hold the bones together.

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"It's all fixed and everything," Janis said on Monday. "So now we're just waiting on it to heal and take it week by week."

Janis suffered the injury during Wednesday's practice and the ailment definitely hinders his opportunity to make an impact in 2016.

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Janis has just four regular-season receptions in two seasons with the Packers but emerged with a stellar playoff game last January. With Green Bay's group of receivers depleted by injuries, Janis caught seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard "Hail Mary" reception on the final play of regulation to force overtime in a game Green Bay lost 26-20 to the Arizona Cardinals.

The big playoff performance provided hope he could play a bigger role this season, but a slow training camp and now the injury are keeping him from fighting his way up the depth chart.

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"Haven't even thought about that really," Janis said. "I'm just going to focus on healing up and being ready when I'm ready. I haven't really thought that far in the future. I'm just going to try to get better.

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"I've always kind of prided myself on being one of the guys who is always available and ready to play. But this is something that happens and you can't really control it. Just got to stay in the (playbook), keep going to meetings, keep paying attention and make sure I'm up with everything in the game plans and everything. Then when it is healed, be ready to play."

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