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Jordy Nelson | Wide Receiver | #87

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/31/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 217
College: Kansas State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (36) / GB
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ESPN's Ed Werder reports Jordy Nelson's left knee issue is tendinitis, and "not (currently) viewed as serious."
Per Werder, the issue is believed to be the result of Nelson "overcompensating during rehab" from his torn right ACL. Minor side ailments are common as players return from serious injuries like ACL and Achilles' tears, but can often linger. The Pack are putting on a brave face about Nelson's Week 1 status, but it shouldn't be taken for granted. Jul 26 - 5:23 PM

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Jordy Nelson is on the active/PUP list with a "hiccup" in his non-ACL knee, but that he should be ready for Week 1.

"It's not the ACL," Nelson assured. "No one needs to freak out." Be that as it may, Nelson is without a return date for practice. Nelson should be ready for the opener, but this puts the injury risk for a 31-year-old player coming off a torn ACL in stark relief. It's possible Nelson is held out for the entire preseason. Nelson is currently the WR7 by ADP, ahead of the likes of Allen Robinson and Alshon Jeffery. That was ambitious even before Nelson's latest injury news.
Jul 26 - 1:29 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said there are no long-term concerns about Jordy Nelson's (active/PUP) knee.

Nelson was somewhat surprisingly placed on the active/PUP list to start camp, but it sounds like the Packers are just being cautious. He can be removed from the list at any time. Almost a full year removed from tearing his ACL, Nelson's stay on the PUP should be fairly short.
Jul 26 - 10:00 AM

Packers placed WR Jordy Nelson (ACL) on the active/PUP list.

Jared Cook (foot surgery) and Ty Montgomery (ankle surgery) also showed up on the list. It means Nelson hasn't yet been cleared to practice, a mild surprise since all offseason reports regarding his recovery have been glowing. Nelson can still be activated at any time, and it's conceivable he only spends a few days on active/PUP. At age 31 coming off an ACL tear, Nelson's health will continue to be a situation to monitor throughout Packers training camp.
Jul 25 - 5:44 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Jordy Nelson's ACL recovery is "well ahead of the curve."

The Journal-Sentinel says Nelson is ahead of schedule "due in part to surgical advancements and his own strong will." Nelson said on a radio show last January that he might have been ready had the Packers made it to the Super Bowl. "He's a guy that sees a barrier and knocks it down," WRs coach Luke Getsy said. "Anybody would be a fool to say they wouldn't expect this guy to come back and be who everyone expects him to be." Nelson tore his ACL in the preseason last year.
Jul 20 - 8:00 PM

Jordy Nelson (ACL) declared himself game ready at Packers OTAs.

Jordy will be held out of 11-on-11s until training camp, but he's been catching passes from Aaron Rodgers and looks to be all systems go. "If there was a game on Sunday, I'm playing," said Nelson. Nelson turned 31 in May. The Packers have him under control for $6.5 million in salary and bonuses this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 3:02 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Jordy Nelson (ACL) is "right on schedule."

Nelson is being held out of team work during OTAs, but it is not because he is behind schedule in his rehab from an August ACL tear. "We don't want to push it too much because we're still in May," Nelson said. "Our goal is obviously September." Nelson should ramp up his activity as the offseason program wears on and could be a full-go for camp. His Week 1 status is not in doubt.
May 26 - 8:37 AM

Jordy Nelson is still practicing "(against) air" in individual drills.

Nelson isn't behind schedule, but the Packers aren't rushing their No. 1 receiver. He's unlikely to take part in any team drills before training camp. Barring a major setback, Nelson will be ready to rock for Week 1, and likely the preseason.
May 24 - 5:02 PM

Jordy Nelson (ACL) says he was able to do "everything" in the Packers' first offseason practice.

These are extremely light "practices," mind you, but it's another important step in the right direction. The 31-year-old (in May) wideout has already begun running routes and plans to go through the same conditioning program as the rest of his teammates. Nelson figures to be babied along through the offseason, but has a good shot at being full go for training camp.
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 1:41 PM

Coach Mike McCarthy admitted the Packers' offensive struggles last season stemmed from the receivers not "winning the one-on-ones."

"We consistently saw very similar defenses throughout the year and you have to win those situations," McCarthy said. "You can run every crossing route in football and get in stacks and bunches -- and we’ve done it -- but at the end of the day it comes down to beating the other guy with technique and fundamentals." McCarthy can qualify all he likes, but plenty of other teams consistently scheme inferior wide receivers open. He failed to do that last season even after it became abundantly clear his receivers were losing against man coverage. The return of Jordy Nelson (torn ACL) should help, but he will be 31 and coming off a serious injury. The Packers need to add some pass catchers this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Mar 24 - 8:38 AM

Jordy Nelson (torn ACL) says "everything has gone smooth" in his rehab.

Nelson believes he can do "everything physically that's required of him," but has yet to be cleared to run routes. "That's the unknown," Nelson said. "But we've done some agility stuff and running, and everything has been fine." Barring a setback, Nelson should be ready for training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 17 - 10:37 PM

Packers GM Ted Thompson said Jordy Nelson (ACL) "looks great."

Nelson tore his ACL last preseason. "You sometimes wonder if he was really hurt," Thompson said. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has already said he expects Nelson to be "as good as new." Nelson will likely be eased through the offseason program, but he should be a full-go by training camp.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 11:22 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy expects Jordy Nelson to "come back better than ever" after missing 2015 with a torn ACL.

Jordy's been running at full speed for nearly a month; his recovery appears to be going as smoothly as can be. "He's so far ahead with the rehab, he looks great," said McCarthy. "There's no reason to think he won't be good as new." Nelson turns 31 this May. He should have at least a few solid-if-not-great years left. Nelson is intriguing as a sneaky buy target in Dynasty leagues.
Feb 3 - 11:57 PM

Jordy Nelson (knee) has been running full speed for weeks.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson was progressing ahead of schedule earlier in the week. The Packers are conservative with players coming off ACL injuries, but it sounds like Nelson has a chance to be cleared for OTAs. Nelson will be 11 months removed from surgery for the start of training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 6:15 PM

Coach Mike McCarthy said Jordy Nelson (knee) "looks great" and is "so far ahead with the rehab."

Nelson suffered a torn ACL back in the preseason and missed the entire year. It was a challenge for the Packers to replace him, as Randall Cobb had a horrible season in the slot, while Davante Adams was a major flop as a sophomore. The saving grace was adding James Jones after he was cut by the Giants. Jones scored eight times, but he's a free agent. Nelson will turn 31 in May, but the Packers badly need him to return to his previous form. He should be ready for camp.
Jan 18 - 6:42 PM

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QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Brett Hundley
3Marquise Williams
4Joe Callahan
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3John Crockett
4Brandon Ross
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
FB1Aaron Ripkowski
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Jeff Janis
3Ty Montgomery
4Jamel Johnson
5Geronimo Allison
WR21Randall Cobb
2Davante Adams
3Jared Abbrederis
4Trevor Davis
5Ed Williams
WR31Jeff Janis
TE1Jared Cook
2Richard Rodgers
3Justin Perillo
4Kennard Backman
5Mitchell Henry
LT1David Bakhtiari
2Jason Spriggs
3Vince Kowalski
LG1Josh Sitton
2Lane Taylor
3Josh James
4Lucas Patrick
C1Corey Linsley
2J.C. Tretter
3Jacob Flores
RG1T.J. Lang
2Josh Walker
3Matt Rotheram
RT1Bryan Bulaga
2Don Barclay
3Kyle Murphy
K1Mason Crosby