The past 48 hours already were disappointing enough for Green Bay Packers fans with the loss of Bryan Bulaga, but a rough training camp got worse today when Packers officials announced Jordy Nelson underwent knee surgery. Nelson will be out 4 to 6 weeks which means that he could end up missing one or two games at the start of the regular season.
So, could this injury for Nelson be good and bad?
The Good News
The good news for Packers’ fans is the fact that Nelson won’t play in the preseason and therefore can’t be more seriously injured. Most teams and fans don’t like playing their stars in the preseason and Nelson can prepare for the regular season. This will also mean that players like Jarrett Boykin and Charles Johnson get more reps with the first team offense which can only be good news. Remember, Victor Cruz started out barely making the New York Giants before becoming one of the top 10 receivers in the NFL.
Also, the Packers have the NFL’s best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers who knows how to make every single receiver around him better. Rodgers will now get the chance to work with some of those newer guys and improve his timing with Jermichael Finley after Finley’s disappointing 2012 season.
The Bad News
The bad news is the obvious fact that Jordy Nelson might miss as much as the first two weeks of the regular season. The Packers love having three wide receivers on the field and there will be a clear downgrade from Jordy Nelson to the aforementioned Boykin. However, the Packers will have James Jones to take Nelson’s spot so this may not be as bad as expected.
However, the worst part about this injury is the fact that Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson will not be able to get their timing down. We saw last season the struggles Rodgers and Greg Jennings had when Jennings got injured in training camp. Hopefully, the same won’t occur with Rodgers and Nelson but there is definitely a high risk of that.
But keep the faith, Packers fans. The team has battled through injuries in the past and it looks like this season will be no different.