Jordy Nelson returned to action this week.
Nelson had been sidelined during OTAs because of offseason hip surgery, something everyone involved was being cagey about. Tuesday was the first time he actually did anything other than rehab and stand around on the sidelines.
“Yeah, this week was the first time I’ve (caught passes), so we’ve been progressing on our own inside and then just slowly integrating it out there in practice,” he said.
While the company line has been that Nelson’s surgery was “just to clean some things up,” it became clear when OTAs started that it was a bit more than that.
Nelson reportedly had surgery right after the season and still isn’t 100 percent. The Packers are saying they expect him to be 100 percent by training camp.
The positive of Nelson’s absence is more work for second-year guys Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis, as well as rookie Ty Montgomery.
Unlike Jordy, a couple of the guys we just mentioned are going to face a battle to make the team. So the more opportunities they get, the better off they’ll be.