Greg Jennings says he is 'perfectly fine,' should practice next week
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Greg Jennings insists the sore ankle that kept him out of Wednesday's organized team activity practice is a nonissue.
That doesn't mean the Minnesota Vikings' new top receiver doesn't understand how it looks to miss the first session open to reporters since he signed a five-year, $45 million contract in March.
"He mentioned that to me," coach Leslie Frazier said on Thursday, after the Vikings' annual playground build at the Howe Campus of Hiawatha Community School.
"He said, 'Of all the times for me to be injured, with the media coming in and my history over this past year and now I know what's going to be written and said' -- but it's just a minor injury, and he'll be back and going. No issues."
Jennings, 29, missed 11 games over the past two seasons in Green Bay because of injuries, including a sports hernia that required surgery on Nov. 1. And durability was among the question marks when he hit a market that proved softer than expected for his services.
The Vikings ended up signing off on Jennings' health in part because of how he performed after returning to action in December -- including 12 catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns combined against them in the regular-season finale and an NFC wild-card playoff game.
"It's May," Jennings said on Thursday. "Nothing right now counts as much. It's important. But it really doesn't count as much as September, August. ... It's May, and I'm perfectly fine."
According to Frazier, Jennings should be back in action when the Vikings resume OTAs on Tuesday. The next session open to reporters is on Wednesday.
"He'll be fine," Frazier said. "Just get through the weekend."
Veteran end Jared Allen is expected to return to the Twin Cities on Saturday, Frazier said, and should make a rare appearance at the voluntary OTAs as well.
Allen, who is coming off shoulder and knee surgeries, had a family obligation this week. He was the only player missing on the 90-man roster when OTAs began on Tuesday.
"That would be 100 percent participation," Frazier said. "I'm sure along the way there are going to be some guys that, for whatever reason, may have to be in and out. But that would be great to have him back around."
Andrew Krammer contributed.