Packers WR Jordy Nelson downplayed the fact that he’d limped off the field late.
“I feel great,” Nelson said. Asked what he did to his leg late in the game, Nelson replied, “Nothing.”
Nelson, who missed three games with a hamstring injury and then aggravated his knee during last Sunday’s regular-season finale at Minnesota, played just 19 snaps by unofficial count in Saturday night’s game, catching three passes for 51 yards.
HC Mike McCarthy was limiting Nelson’s playing time. He went with a lot of three-receiver sets with Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb and James Jones as the receivers.
“It just kind of unfolded that way, just with the groups we went with, starting off with what we call the ‘Zebra’ (package) – the three wide receiver, one tight end, one back set,” McCarthy explained. “That’s just the way it sorted out. (With) Jordy coming back off of injury, I don't want to call it a rep count, but it wouldn’t have been smart for him to try to go out and play 60 plays.”
Cobb was coming off an injury as well, but he played 38 snaps on Sunday. At this point, we're expecting Nelson to be fourth in the WR pecking order in terms of snaps.