Jordy Nelson is still experiencing pain after he suffered multiple broken ribs on a hit against the New York Giants in the opening round of the playoffs, but he is expected to play through the injury in the NFC Championship Game.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Nelson ordered military-grade kevlar padding to protect his ribs and will likely give it a go against the Atlanta Falcons.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 22, 2017
Nelson suffered the rib injury on a vicious hit from Giants defensive back Leon Hall. You can see a video of the play here.
Nelson is Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target, particularly in the red zone. Having him back should be a big boost for a Green Bay Packers’ passing game that is already on fire, but it will be interesting to see how effective Nelson can be if he suits up.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy has maintained that Nelson and fellow wide receivers Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison will all be game-time decisions.
The Green Bay Packers may not be at full strength for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Atlanta, but they should have most of their weapons available.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Saturday that the Packers are expected to have injured players Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison and Morgan Burnett available for the game. All four players are listed as questionable on the injury report.
Nelson’s status is the most important, as he’s a huge play-maker. He has two broken ribs suffered against the Giants two weeks ago and has been having pain while breathing. He did take place in Saturday’s practice, which was conducted without pads.
Adams missed practice all week because of a sprained ankle. He had 997 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
Allison did not practice during the week because of a hamstring injury sustained against the Cowboys. He had 202 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season. He’s been receiving treatment on the injury to help heal.
Burnett, a safety, and Nelson were both listed as “limited” on Friday’s report, which indicates they are slightly ahead of Adams and Allison in terms of their status.
Having the four players available does not necessarily mean they will be active for the game, as Packers head coach Mike McCarthy could decide it would be more worthwhile to use the roster spots on other players. On Friday, McCarthy said all three receivers would be game-time decisions.
A pair of Green Bay Packers wide receivers are still very much questionable for Sunday.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the media on Friday that wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison are all still up in the air for the NFC Championship, and their status may not be decided until Sunday.
“They have work to do, particularly in the rehab,” McCarthy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “If we know tomorrow, we’ll know tomorrow. If we know Sunday, we’ll know Sunday. One or two of those guys are probably going to have to work out Sunday.”
Jordy Nelson may not be quite ready to take the field against Atlanta Sunday.
According to a report by Rob Demovsky of ESPN on Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers wide receiver is “considered a bit of a long shot” for the NFC Championship Game and has “only a small chance” to play.
Nelson suffered multiple broken ribs on a hit from cornerback Leon Hall in the second quarter of Green Bay’s Wild Card Game victory over the New York Giants (video here). The injury kept him sidelined for last weekend’s Divisional Round win over the Dallas Cowboys.
The four-time Pro Bowler had been hopeful about his chances of suiting up on Sunday, but it appears that he will need a little more time to recover. Jared Cook, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb led the Packers in targets against the Cowboys and will all be leaned on heavily by quarterback Aaron Rodgers if Nelson is indeed ruled out again.
The Green Bay Packers are moving on in the playoffs, which means wide receiver Jordy Nelson will have another week to heal. But Nelson is not ready to say whether or not he’ll be able to play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Nelson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein that he is feeling “a lot better” than how he did the day after the Packers’ first playoff game when he got hurt. He also said he’s not making any guarantees on his availability for the conference title game.
Jordy Nelson on broken ribs: “A lot better than Monday.” Will he play Sunday for sure? "No, there’s no guarantees. We’re a whole week away.”
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) January 16, 2017
Nelson suffered two broken ribs after being cracked on this play against the Giants. He was ruled out for Green Bay’s playoff game against the Cowboys but said he was hoping he could be ready for the championship game.
If you read some of the comments he made on Sunday, it sure sounds like he has a long way to go before he’ll be ready to play.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is hoping to get back on the field next week if his team can get past the Dallas Cowboys.
Nelson told Stacey Dales of CBS Sports that he’s still resting and rehabilitating, and the biggest challenge is to get back to normal breathing.
Just talkd 2 Jordy Nelson on field in DAL. On the pain of his broken ribs "a pain no one wants to feel". Goal? "Get back 2 normal breathing"
— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) January 15, 2017
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2017
Nelson will be pulling extra hard for his teammates to get through the Dallas game. Getting him ready for this week proved too much to ask. It’ll be tough without him, though, as he’s a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers and a big part of the Green Bay offense.
If the Green Bay Packers are going to pull off an upset against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, they’ll need to do it without their best wide receiver.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Friday that Jordy Nelson is not going to play.
“Dr. McKenzie and Dr. Gray will not medically clear him to practice tomorrow,” McCarthy said, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
When asked if Nelson has a chance of playing in the NFC Championship Game should the Packers advance, McCarthy said the receiver will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Nelson reportedly suffered multiple broken ribs after taking a big hit to the midsection from New York Giants cornerback Leon Hall last weekend. You can see a video of the play here.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense continued to roll to a 38-13 win after Nelson left the game, but the receiver’s absence obviously hurts. Despite not looking as explosive after undergoing ACL surgery last year, Nelson is still Rodgers’ favorite target in the red zone. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams will have to step up in a big way in Dallas.