Packers WR Jennings out for Colts game

The question is no longer whether Greg Jennings will play Sunday at Indianapolis. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy took care of that Thursday, ruling the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver out with the groin injury that has nagged him all season.

Jennings suffered the injury in the closing minutes of the Sept. 9 opener against San Francisco, then missed the Sept. 13 victory over Chicago.

He returned to play at Seattle Sept. 24, then aggravated the injury last Sunday against New Orleans and had to come out in the second quarter.

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‘‘[I’ve] got to be smart now,’’ said Jennings, who is in the last year of his contract.

Payton granted visit

Suspended Saints coach Sean Payton will be in the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday night, accepting Drew Brees’s invitation to watch the QB make history against the Chargers, league sources told ESPN.

Payton cannot have contact with the team as part of his seasonlong suspension as a result of the bounty scandal. But a league spokesman said arrangements are being made for Payton to visit Brees, who is expected to set the NFL mark for consecutive games with a TD pass (48).

Brees asked the NFL to allow Payton, suspended GM Mickey Loomis, and suspended assistant Joe Vitt to attend. Loomis and Vitt have declined, according to ESPN.

Giants’ Nicks out

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks won’t play in Sunday’s game against Cleveland because of recurring left foot and knee problems. Nicks has missed the last two games, complicating New York’s passing game because backup Ramses Barden has a concussion and his status is uncertain. Safety Antrel Rolle said he won’t be sidelined with a left knee problem. The other starting safety, Kenny Phillips (right knee), is out, and cornerback Corey Webster is playing with a broken right hand and a hamstring issue . . . Tight end Dustin Keller and wide receiver Stephen Hill were among six players who sat out practice with hamstring injuries as the Jets prepare to play undefeated Houston Monday night.