Sunday, January 15, 2017, 3:25pm
Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm
Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle) took full practice reps all week. Cobb is coming off of a stellar 5-116-3 (7) effort against the Giants in the Wildcard Round. With Jordy Nelson out, he should see plenty of quality targets from Aaron Rodgers.
Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm
Packers WR Jeff Janis (quadricep, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 19. Geronimo Allison is the better play with Jordy Nelson sidelined and Janis dinged up. He’s a tournament play only.
Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm
Packers WR Jordy Nelson (ribs, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19. With Nelson out, Geronimo Allison will likely pick up most of his snaps. He played 58% of the snaps against the Giants, and had a quiet game, but that was with Nelson playing 23% of the snaps. In the two previous games, with Randall Cobb sidelined, Allison played 73% and 81% of the snaps, posting 4-66 (on seven targets) against the Vikings and 4-91-1 (on six targets) against the Lions.
Geronimo Allison will likely pick up most of his snaps. He played 58% of the snaps against the Giants, and had a quiet game, but that was with Nelson playing 23% of the snaps. In the two previous games, with Randall Cobb sidelined, Allison played 73% and 81% of the snaps, posting 4-66 (on seven targets) against the Vikings and 4-91-1 (on six targets) against the Lions.
The wide out suffered at least two fractured ribs in their wild-card win over the Giants, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Rapoport adds it will take a tremendous effort for Nelson to play.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters earlier Monday that his star wide receiver has a shot to suit up for this Sunday's NFC divisional-round tilt with the Cowboys.
While Packers coach Mike McCarthy did not say whether Nelson broke any ribs, there was concern after the game that the injury might keep Nelson out of next Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Cowboys.
"I obviously have concern for Jordy," McCarthy said. "I don't have the information yet."
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said "it would be a huge loss for us" if Nelson were unable to play.
"But [Geronimo Allison] has been playing a lot for us and he's been playing effectively," Rodgers said. "Randall [Cobb] being back healthy -- you know I said this week in my press conference we're better with 18 [Cobb's jersey number] on the field. And he showed it tonight, made a ton of plays for us. He was excellent. And having him out there is going to help. But you know Geronimo is going to have to step up and play extended time if Jordy is going to be out."
If Nelson is out versus Dallas (which looks likely), Allison will pick up most of his snaps. The Jeff Janis truthers will have to hope for another injury or two.
The 6-foot-4 Cook has been out since Week 3 with an ankle injury.
Cook could give quarterback Aaron Rodgers a big target sorely needed over the middle help open up the field for receivers Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Without Perillo, Richard Rodgers is the only other tight end on the Packers' active roster.
Cook (ankle, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 11. Cook may be able to return this week as the story indicated. Richard Rodgers has not played well in his absence, so Cook will be given every opportunity to win the job outright.
“We're not going to put a number on it,” Packers Jordy Nelson said of his snap count. “We've discussed it. I think the situation of being in Jacksonville, we'll play it by snap-by-snap to be honest with you. There's a lot of things that could happen differently. But seeing how the possessions are taken, seeing what the weather is like, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of guys are rotating to stay fresh.
“Going through camp and everything would have prepared me better. But that’s not the situation I’ve been put in. I was in the meetings, I was at practice, I ran routes, so I’m not — I don’t feel like I’m behind.”
With seven receivers on the roster — five of which are expected to play Sunday — coach Mike McCarthy has the luxury of easing Nelson back onto the field. The hot and muggy climate in Florida is likely to trigger more frequent substitutions anyway, and in that regard, the sticky opener might be beneficial.
This doesn't sound like a player who is supremely confident in his stamina or his ability to play a full complement of snaps in Week 1. He's still starter-quality, but owners should lower their expectations heading into Sunday.
Last year, the Packers averaged 66 offensive plays per game. In Jordy Nelson’s last healthy season, he played 1,093 snaps -- or 92.1 percent of the Packers’ total offensive plays. So under normal circumstances, a full game wouldn't be out of the ordinary.
This, however, is far from normal for Nelson, who hasn't played a down in a game since he tore the ACL in his right knee on Aug. 23, 2015. His return was further delayed by an issue with his left knee before training camp.
Nelson suggested earlier this summer that the opener at Jacksonville would be especially taxing on his conditioning given the expected heat in Florida in early September.
This is probably causing a bit of a hit in Nelson's ranking at least for Week 1, but the hope is his conditioning improves as the season goes on. Nelson should still be used in the red zone making him a solid play against the Jags.
That's what Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday, even though Nelson did not play a single snap in the preseason and hasn't lined up for a game since he tore the ACL in his right knee 12½ months ago.
"Jordy's full go," McCarthy said. "And we expect him to line up and be full-bore in Jacksonville."
Great news for owners. Perhaps only timing will be an issue now for Nelson and QB Aaron Rodgers. Nelson opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list, but not because of his right knee. He said he sustained what he called "a hiccup" with his left knee while working out before camp. Although he declined to provide specifics, it kept Nelson off the field until mid-August. He did not play, but Nelson participated in full-pad warm-ups on the field before the final three preseason games. His first full practice where he lined up in 11-on-11 drills was only one week ago.
"I told him the old 190-[pound Cobb] wouldn't have made it in," Nelson joked. "But whatever he is now got in."
It's not the only reason Cobb decided to put on some weight this offseason but if it means breaking a few more tackles, then that's fine with him. Cobb looked both quick (when he side-stepped cornerback Chris Davis) and strong (when he bulldozed cornerback Keith Reaser) on his catch-and-run score in the second quarter against the 49ers.
Last year's shoulder injury played a big role for Cobb adding weight. While he played every game, he lost a lot of strength by the end of the season and is looking to stay injury free with a consistent weight of 195 or 196 compared to the 184 pound he sunk to at one point last year, the story said.
So Daniel, the only cornerback to cover Nelson on a deep route Monday, might not be the best judge when it comes to evaluating how Nelson looked on his first day of team (11-on-11) work since tearing the ACL in his right knee more than a year ago.
But to Daniel, who spent most of last season the practice squad, he looked good.
“It was a good route,” Daniel said after practice. “It seemed like he was moving pretty good. It was also a pretty good ball. Him and Aaron [Rodgers] have that connection.”
Nelson made one other noticeable play -- a sliding catch during an 11-on-9 period -- during Monday’s hour-and-45-minute practice, the story said. The deep ball over Daniel was the one that stood out. Nelson appeared to make a one-handed catch against solid coverage along the left sideline on a well-placed ball from Rodgers.
After a brief acclamation period, Jordy Nelson appears to be on the verge of taking another major step in his return to the field.
While it’s unlikely the Packers’ Pro Bowl receiver will play in Thursday night’s preseason finale against Kansas City, Nelson told reporters Sunday that he’s expecting to participate in 11-on-11 team periods during practice this week.
It would be the first time Nelson has stepped on the field for full-speed work since he injured his left knee last August in Pittsburgh. Nelson, activated from the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 17, only worked individual drills last week, along with running routes in pregame warmups before the Oakland and San Francisco preseason games, the story said.
It appears Jordy Nelson will go into the regular season without any preseason action.
The Green Bay Packers receiver said Sunday that he doesn't expect to play in Thursday's preseason finale at Kansas City. If that's the case, he will head into the regular-season opener at Jacksonville on Sept. 11 without a single game rep since he tore the ACL in his right knee more than a year ago.
Nelson, who was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 17, went through pregame warm-ups before each of the last two preseason games but then watched from the sidelines in street clothes.
"I think if everything would've gone smooth coming into camp, we would've been in a different situation," said Nelson, who had a setback with his left knee shortly before training camp. "But it's the situation we're in, and I think we've handled it well. We're where we need to be. We have two weeks of what most likely for me will be normal practices going into Jacksonville, and I think we'll be ready to go."
The intensity should ramp up this week. Nelson said he expected to do some team (11-on-11) drills in practice on Monday and Tuesday even if it's just running scout-team reps with Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the starters who aren't expected to play, the story said.
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