Jordy Nelson: Green Bay Packers injury report due out today

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson /
GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 28: Jordy Nelson
GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 28: Jordy Nelson /

Editor’s note: Jordy Nelson was a participant at practice this afternoon, but we will still await the injury report set to come out this afternoon. Coach Mike McCarthy said before practice he wanted to see how Nelson responded before commenting on his status … stay tuned.

Jordy Nelson, the Green Bay Packers wide receiver who has been tearing it up in the early going this season, was injured near the end of last Sunday’s game and didn’t play the final drive of the Packers’ 35-31 win.

Jordy Nelson, the Green Bay Packers standout wideout who already has six touchdowns this season, sat out the team’s final game-winning drive last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Why he sat it out wasn’t clear to anybody after the game, including head coach Mike McCarthy, and the nature of what some thought was a hamstring injury is still unknown.

“(Nelson) was being evaluated,” the head coach said in his post game conference. “I don’t know where we would have been if it went into overtime. But at that point, we just stayed with the group we had out there.”

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Of the reports that have surfaced over the past couple of days, there has been speculation of a leg injury, but it was also reported that it was not a concussion.

With the first injury report due out this afternoon, we’re hoping it will shed some light on why Nelson wasn’t on the field for that final drive.

Jordy Nelson’s final play last Sunday came on a failed two-point conversion after cornerback Darmarious Randall’s pick-six of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers found a wide open Nelson across the middle on the conversion play, but he appeared to throw off his back foot and overthrew the 6-3, 215-pound Nelson.

When Nelson stretched out his left arm in an attempt to bring the ball in he fell somewhat awkwardly to the ground, got up slowly, and was grimacing as he made his way to the sideline. It’s uncertain he was grimacing because of the fact the team failed to covert or because of the injury.

In Week 2, Nelson suffered a minor quad injury early in the game against the Atlanta Falcons and sat out most of that game.

However, he recovered quickly and started the Week 3 game at home against the Cincinnati Bengals.

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 08: Jordy Nelson
ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 08: Jordy Nelson /

To date, Jordy Nelson has 19 catches for 230 yards and the six receiving touchdowns that lead the league. He’s been one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets in the red zone this season.

As a Packer over the past nine seasons, Jordy Nelson has 516 receptions for 7,596 yards (14.7-yard average), and 69 touchdowns.

Clearly, he is a valued member of this Green Bay Packers team … a highly valued cog in the wheel of this Packers offense.

Losing him would be a big blow to the team. While everyone is replaceable, there are few who could argue the Packers wouldn’t be hurt by his absence.

With all that said, the first injury report of the week is scheduled to be released this afternoon and it’s a sure thing that Packers fans and reporters will be watching it closely to see where Nelson stands.

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The Packers play NFC North Division rival Minnesota on the road this coming Sunday. Over the years, Nelson has been a Vikings killer and having him on the field this weekend will surely be what Packers coaches and fans would like to see.

We’ll get our first indication of where Nelson is with his mystery injury once the report is released later today.

Stand by …