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We Might As Well Temper Expectations for Jordy Nelson

The return of Jordy Nelson was supposed to give the Green Bay Packers offense a boost. That return is yet to happen.

Nelson, who hasn’t played or practiced since tearing his ACL last August, opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list. The Packers say Nelson injured his other knee sometime this offseason.

And that’s about all the information we have, although Ed Werder reported that the issue is tendinitis.

Nelson keeps stressing that it’s nothing to worry about.

“We put a timetable on the ACL and thought we’d be back,” Nelson explained, “but obviously something happened with the other knee. Again, not the ACL. No one needs to freak out. That’s what we’re trying to get out there. If we put a timetable on it and something else happens, then I lied to you. It’s something that we’ll just let progress, and as it gets better we’ll do more and get back as soon as possible.

“I’m not worried about it. That’s the great thing. If it was something more serious, I’d kind of be a little more nervous. It’s something that’s not a big deal. Obviously, everyone likes to be healthy, and I’ve already had a year off. So I don’t need any more time, but it’s part of the game.”

What’s perhaps more concerning is he said his only timetable now is week 1.

That doesn’t really make it sound like it’s nothing to worry about at all. Someone who’s sidelined for more than a month is someone who has a fairly significant injury.

On the other hand, the Packers are known to be extra cautious with injuries and this is certainly the time of year they can afford to do so.

The scary thought is that players with lingering injuries rarely perform well. If this is something that doesn’t go away, we may not see the 2014 version of Jordy Nelson again anytime soon.

It’s probably best to temper expectations for what Jordy can provide the Packers and when he’ll provide it to them this year.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Deepsky July 27, 2016

    I had tendonitis in my knee after I switched to hack squats. It took about 6 months to get rid of it.

    1. PF4L July 27, 2016

      That’s what’s irritating. Everyone is acting like it’s no big thing. McCarthy is “not concerned”, Jordy describes it as a hiccup. But Doctors say it can be a lingering injury.
      Gee, i remember back in April that Jordy was running routes, and was ahead of schedule, but then couldn’t do anything in OTA’s or minicamp? Then on the eve of training camp, BOOM…PUP List. New injury. NO BIG DEAL.

      It is a big deal, when does he get to practice, get his timing down? Get confidence in his knee back mentally.

      Not quite sure how Barrington is on the PUP list, but his foot is healthy enough to catch 400 lb Groupers and a 350lb shark last April, (while standing up). Hmmmm

  2. Howard July 28, 2016

    I hope Jordy comes back in good health, however reality says Jordy is going to have problems with other parts of his body (legs) because of overcompensation for the injury. Tendinitis in the other knee will be strained hammy, groin, or calf the following weeks. When the season starts Jordy may be there but Jordy to start the season may not be a full time player. As the season goes on Jordy should be able to see more and more time, as long as the team and Jordy takes it slowly. If things move to fast Jordy could be a part time player all year. I would rather the team start Jordy slow and Finish Strong!

    07/26/2016 at 12:31 pm
    That is the problem with major injuries. During rehab players can start putting other joints, muscles and ligaments under additional pressure by compensating for the injured body part. How many times when a player comes back from a major injury do we here about other joints, ligaments or muscles that have problems.