The Facts: According to multiple reports, Janis will have surgery on his injured hand. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel staffer Tom Silverstein adds that Janis said he's been told it will be 4-6 weeks after the procedure to put screws in the bones around his index finger.
Diehards Line:If Janis is out that long, the Packers are likely to put him on injured reserve. Such a move would cost Janis his entire third season unless the Packers chose to use the designated-to-return option on him. Previously, the NFL required that a team planning to use its one designated-to-return benefit do it at the time the player was put on injured reserve. But during the offseason, the rule was changed so that a team may return any one injured reserve player who has been out at least eight weeks back to its 53-man roster. The player would be eligible to practice after six weeks on injured reserve, but not eligible to play until eight weeks had passed. ... We'll follow up as needed.