“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.
The closest thing Jordy Nelson did to real football during his first practice in 364 days came at the end of the session, when he ran some half-speed routes while fellow receivers Randall Cobb and Davante Adams acted as cornerbacks during a jog-through.
No wonder Nelson called it "hardly even a practice."
By unofficial count, earlier in Monday's practice Nelson caught 15 passes from Aaron Rodgers and the other quarterbacks at the far end of the field while the rest of the team went through a special-teams period.
Nelson appeared to run closer to full speed in that drill, although never against a defender.
Nelson said he felt good conditioning-wise and added he believes he's on track to play in the season opener on Sept. 11 against the Jags. The team only has one more full practice before Friday's preseason game, which means it's unlikely Nelson will suit up for that, according to the story.
No matter what Jordy Nelson does when he practices Monday for the first time in nearly a year, it probably won’t reveal much about whether the Green Bay Packers receiver can return to a Pro-Bowl level.
But at least his first practice will give the world a look at where the 31-year-old is in his return from the worst injury of his career.
As coach Mike McCarthy said over the weekend, Nelson likely will be limited to only individual and position-group drills at first. As the story said,oOnly Nelson and the Packers’ medical staff know exactly what they’ll be looking for upon his return from his torn right ACL last Aug. 23. Those looking to spend a high pick on Nelson will be paying attention to how he progresses this week.
It appears that the "hiccup" that Nelson had in his other knee (reportedly tendinitis) is getting better and that he's close to making his return to practice. Nelson has had three healthy seasons in his last five, and in those years he finished #2, #11 and #2 in standard wide receiver scoring. He’s currently going in the 2nd/3rd round. If he continues to have a healthy offseason then a return to the top 5 is a real possibility.
Two of the players activated Tuesday — tight end Jared Cook and wide receiver Ty Montgomery — can help Rodgers and the offense. Cook signed with the Packers in free agency after being released by the Rams, and Montgomery caught 15 passes as a rookie, two for touchdowns, despite being limited to six games by injury.
QB Aaron Rodgers hinted Nelson should be close, but it could still be next week before he comes off PUP. Meanwhile, Cook finally will get some camp time with Rodgers. Cook has upside if his Catch Rate and Y/R increase with Rodgers throwing him the ball. If Cook stays healthy and does play starter’s snaps, then he has a great shot at TE1 numbers.
The Green Bay Packers' locker room was closing to the media, and Jordy Nelson was about to get out scot-free. PR man Tom Fanning had issued his patented "Two minutes!" warning shout, and the Packers veteran wide receiver was headed for the exit, about to escape without facing a single question about his health.
And when a reporter did catch Nelson, his replies weren't exactly expansive.
Are you starting to get antsy? "I'm good."
How are you handling all this? "I'm good."
But how are you going about handling it? "I'm working."
So how is "the hiccup" progressing? "It's good."
The 55-second exchange with Nelson, who missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in an Aug. 23 preseason game and remains on the Packers' physically unable to perform list after suffering a mild injury to his left knee while working out before training camp, made one thing clear: He had no interest in discussing his health. (For good measure, he even smiled and added, "Do you want to waste another minute?" before turning toward the door again.)
The story said Aaron Rodgers hinted Nelson could be back this week, although there are just two practices before Friday night's game. That could mean the team holds him out this week as well. The Packers' No. 1 offense has gone with Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Jeff Janis in its three-receiver sets but also rotated Jared Abbrederis, rookie Trevor Davis and undrafted rookie free agent Geronimo Allison -- one of the more pleasant surprises of camp -- through as well.
Given Jordy Nelson's age (31) and delayed return because of what he called "a hiccup" with his left (non-ACL) knee this summer, he might not be the same receiver he was in his most recent season (2014), when he set career highs with 98 catches and 1,519 yards.
The Packers don't share those concerns, at least not publicly.
"We do not, we do not," offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said Tuesday. "We think with this program in place, the treatment that he's getting, the effort that he's putting into it, it's just a matter of time."
But even Nelson acknowledged this offseason that he won't know if he'll back to his old standard until he's actually on the field. Nelson had been running routes and even caught a few passes from Aaron Rodgers off to the side during the offseason workouts before his setback, which he said did not require surgery. But he would not elaborate when asked whether any type of medical procedure was done on his left knee.
Jordy Nelson said he had a "hiccup" with his other knee, not the ACL knee. He said Week 1 is not in jeopardy but doesn't know when he'll practice in camp.
While it may not be a reason to panic, there perhaps is some cause for concern that the 31-year-old Nelson potentially has issues with both knees. We can relate back to a news item from yesterday where there was talk about Nelson finding chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers after a year off, and how timing could be an issue. With no timetable for a return, timing could very well end up being an issue the later Nelson returns to camp.
The team placed the Pro Bowl receiver on the physically unable to perform list when players reported for the start of training camp.
It means Nelson won’t practice on Tuesday, when the Packers go through their first workout at 8:15 a.m. local time. They have non-padded practices scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday before their first full-pads practice on Thursday.
The story said with five preseason games in 2016 instead of the usual four (beginning with the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game), there's less urgency to rush back players coming off injury. Nelson can come off the list at any time, but it's still a situation to monitor with Nelson being a WR1 option this fantasy season.
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