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Jordy Nelson Doesn’t Sound Too Confident About Week 1

Jordy Nelson

Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson had knee surgery two weeks ago. At the time, word was he’d miss the entire preseason, but be ready for the season opener.

Well, not so fast.

Nelson says he progressing slowly and while he maintains that his goal is to play against San Francisco, he’s not ready to make a guarantee.

“Our main goal is San Fran. And that’s just a goal. You never know what could happen. We’ll just continue to go day by day.”

Earlier in training camp, Nelson had an issue with his knee flare up. It’s something that had bothered him in college, but hadn’t been an issue during his NFL career.

“You want to avoid surgery as much as possible and that’s what we tried to do,” Nelson said. “I thought we had it taken care of and then we realized we didn’t.

“I wasn’t going to be able to be 100 percent. It was something I would have been able to play through if it would have happened in-season or something, but there was enough time that we kind of took the chance that if everything went smooth we could get in and out during training camp and hopefully have a healthy 16-game season.”

With the timing of the surgery, both Nelson and the Packers thought he’d be back by the season opener. That is, if rehab went according to plan.

But nothing goes according to plan in Green Bay with injuries, does it?

If Nelson remains out, the Packers would open with James Jones, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin as their top three receivers. That is, assuming Cobb returns from his biceps injury by then.

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  1. calipackfan August 20, 2013

    Not too woried there are plenty of weapons.

  2. TyKo Steamboat August 20, 2013

    This just in: The Green Bay Packers have named Aaron Rodgers as their Week 1 starter

    1. Phatgzus August 20, 2013

      Never heard of him.

  3. Ryan August 20, 2013

    I remember after his hamstring got injured last year, every time he came back on the field he’d catch a ball and go limping off to the sidelines again and again. Pussy.

  4. Tucson Packer August 20, 2013

    C’mon White Lightning!!

  5. PF4L August 20, 2013

    Nelson said. “I thought we had it taken care of and then we realized we didn’t…..(Shocking, isn’t it?——> Packer Medical staff.

    1. Vijay August 20, 2013

      Haha!!! Funny cuz it’s true.

  6. Iltarion August 20, 2013

    Zero surprise. There is a razor thin difference between “I’ll be back for Week 1” and “I’m out Week 1.”

    Thank God for JAMES JONES. Does everyone remember when all the haters wanted to trade that guy? Um… yeah… I do.

    As long as the Packers have Jones, Cobb and Finley, they are fine. If they lose any of those guys in addition to Nelson, then they are seriously in deep shit at the pass catcher position, which people might have noticed is pretty important to this offense.

    Our REAL concern now should probably be Tramon Williams. Another guy for whom “Week 1” could turn easily into “whenever.”

    1. Ryan August 20, 2013

      Count me as one who wasn’t a fan of Jones. I’m eating that now. Dude put some ‘ol stick-em on his paws and has turned out to be a half-way decent option out wide. Good for him. And kudos to Rodgers for making the argument to keep him.

      1. PF4L August 20, 2013

        I was always a fan of J J. He was under utilized because of Jordy and Jennings. But the thing was, he showed so much potential in him, making just sick circus catches. TT upped his deal, because he knew what he had, and didn’t want to lose him. IMO.

    2. #GetItRightRoger August 21, 2013

      I remember everyone wanting to trade him! Saying he was a waste of $3 million. Fucking retards! $3 million is chump change for 14 TD’s. JJ has been making HUGE plays ever since we drafted him.

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  8. Vijay August 20, 2013

    I’m fine with going 2-2 or something to start the season…get the losing out of the way early if possible. I think we have a bye in week 3 or 4 which is really early though so it will be a very tough haul to make it through (inc playoffs) after the early bye. Maybe give Jordy the first month off? J-Mike will perform great in his stead this season. He’s all biz-ness.

  9. Kristofer from Oshkosh August 20, 2013

    I really hope nelson is back for week one, but if not, it is aaron rodgers- no matter who the packers put out there, rodgers will make them look, at the very least, serviceable if not making them look good. I think the packers would be alright if Cobb, Finley, or Jones would go down in addition to nelson.
    Those two seventh round picks would be nice to get a look at. You never know when TT will find a diamond in the rough. Always gota remember that Driver was a seventh round pick so gems do get found in that round.
    The main conclusion I draw from this article is that it is another indication of the packers really needing to start looking at getting new talent in the medical department. All these mis-diagnosis’ and flat out F ups from medical are outrageous and just completely unacceptable at this level of professional sports. Fire all of them now and get a new staff altogether; any other medical department in pro sports would never have this many mistakes in a short span of time. Knowing TT, this is never going to happen tho.

    1. Abe Frohman August 21, 2013

      Kristofer – don’t confuse what they tell us and the media with what they actually believe to be true. These guys are in the business of selling hope, and that’s a commodity every team has a bunch of right now.

  10. PF4L August 20, 2013

    For whatever reason…Under TT, this team just doesn’t fire people at whim or for bad performance. If that was the case, Capers and Slocum and Campen may have been gone. Call it the boys club, I don’t know, but I wish they had to maintain a certain level of performance to feel like they have job security. Just my preference of accountability I guess.

    1. Phatgzus August 20, 2013

      “For whatever reason…”, could the reason possibly be that these coaches are proven commodities and that in the cases of both Capers and Slocum their units are on the upswing (don’t give me that “special teams was ranked 16th in the league” bollucks either, as the only issue on special teams is the kicker and that’s not Slocum’s fault, unless you want to blame him for not having a doctorate in psychiatry or cognitive psychology)?

  11. PF4L August 21, 2013

    Here’s what was proven…The defense went from 5th to 31st in 1 season. How does that happen?….Should I bring up the defensive genius of holding AP to only 409 yards in 2 games?….Or the defensive genius in holding the 49ers to only 571 yards. Want more?

    1. Phatgzus August 21, 2013

      Yeah they played terribly vs. AD in the regular season last year, plain and simple, he also dominated everyone last year, even early in the season when he was returning to game form. The Packers had many opportunities to make plays on AD in or near the backfield but failed to do so. They also didn’t have Matthews for 1 of those games and Chuck for 2. Please; tell me what happened in the playoff game when it mattered and Wood made a number of plays in the backfield.

    2. Phatgzus August 21, 2013

      How does that happen? Well, the abrupt loss of a perennial Pro-Bowl caliber safety, one of the best in the league which forced a young and unrefined player to play along with a perennial backup (Peprah) certainly hurts. The decline of one of the greatest DBs in history, along with the underperformance of a 1st-round DT, an OLB, and a star CB recovering from a debilitating injury, alon with a number of raw young CBs also doesn’t help.

      So how does that same defense jump 20-21 spots in one year? Answer me that.
      Yeah they had some absolutely odious performances vs. the 49ers in the playoffs, and tge 2nd game vs. the Vikes, as well as a mediocre performance in the 1st game vs. the 49ers (what do you expect when Jarrod Bush is starting at CB?), Vikings (they did shut down Mr. Steele), and the Giants (the offense in no way helped them and they actually held Manning to about 50% and 200-some yards). They also had good games vs. many teams, games in which the offense was performing substandardly.

      1. PF4L August 21, 2013

        Jeez….101 excuses…..What “star” cornerback?……Tramon Williams?…Really?….lol. You funny man!!!!!!…..

        1. Phatgzus August 21, 2013

          He was a star in 2010, led the league in picks and was excellent in coverage. Those aren’t excuses, they are objective observations and reasons,as indicated by the influx of talent (Hayward, Daniels) and increase in performance by young(er) players (Shields, Burnett, Jones) which resulted in an increase in performance from ’11-’12, even though the Packers’ schedule was more difficult in ’12. You ignored the question regarding this increase in performance and ranking, why? Do you not have an alternative to the explanation I proposed? If you do, then why did you resort to debasements that have no basis in fact, but are merely opinions? I would greatly enjoy any nsigbt you have in regards to this phenomenon.

  12. PF4L August 21, 2013

    Following the 2009 season, the Packers ranked 31 out of 32 teams in Gosselin’s rankings and dead last by Football Outsiders. The Packers led the league in special teams penalties and were last in punts placed inside the 20.

    The Packers were barely any better in 2010, essentially winning the Super Bowl in spite of their special teams. They ranked 29th in the NFL by Gosselin and 26th by Football Outsiders.
    ……………………..And the reason the special teams improved, was Randall Cobb…..Cobb saved Slocums ass.

    1. iltarion August 21, 2013

      Slocum is a bum that should have been fired, and I have been harping about Campen for years.

      That is MM’s call, not TT’s. TT is in charge, but he doesn’t fire an assistant coach without MM agreeing.

      Take a look at where the Packer defense has ranked since Capers came into town.

      Essentially, you want Capers to be accountable for one poor season, or for his failures in 2 postseason games.

      TT and MM show patience and due diligence in their decisions. Unlike the fans, they are the ones that will be held accountable if their decisions don’t pay off. Therefore, they are wise to avoid the rush to fire that sweeps fandom after a painful loss.

      1. PF4L August 21, 2013

        iltarion says: “Essentially, you want Capers to be accountable for one poor season, or for his failures in 2 postseason games. “…….GEE…..We wouldn’t want a defensive coordinator to be “accountable” for a defense going from 5th to 31st, or being accountable for his defense giving up over 1100 yards in 2 playoff games (kind of important)……So….Who should be held accountable?…The beer vendor, Mason Crosby?…Rodgers??…C’MON MAN!!!!!

        1. Phatgzus August 21, 2013

          Injuries played a major part for one, cough* Erik Walden I’m looking at you. If it indeed true that he didn’t bother coaching the defense on even the basics of defending the Read Option then that’s an egregious oversight on his part and he should be held accountable for such hubristic disregard.

          I find it amusing that you continue to condemn Capers for the plummet from 5 to 31, yet fail to even recognize his involvement in their ascenscion from 31 to 11 in one year, a year again riddled with injuries (including the permanent or temporary loss of 4 starting LBs). Accountability is a 2-way street, dontchaknow?

  13. Abe Frohman August 21, 2013

    What I’ve NEVER understood is why these guys always seem to wait until the last minute to decide to have surgery. Get it taken care of in the early off season.

  14. Chungo August 21, 2013

    I agree. This should have been taken care of in the offseason, not now. Guess he needed a vacation!