I’m not a doctor, but I sometimes play one on Total Packers.
Actually, I’m merely trying to relay the published consensus of the medical establishment concerning recovery periods following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgeries. While sources are quick to say that ACL surgeries are not always alike and that recovery rates will vary from person to person, there is broad agreement that after nine months the only healing left is psychological.
Here are some facts to throw into the mix.
We’ve previously cited several ACL recoveries by other NFL players – none of which kept a player off the field longer than Jordy has been sidelined.
Here’s a few more for good measure.
Jordy certainly isn’t the one who’s been hesitant to return to action. Nor have I heard that the delay is based on the advice of any doctors. It’s at the behest of the Packers’ super-cautious coaching staff (and perhaps the front office).
This isn’t an unprecedented event. Fox Business News says approximately 70 NFL players are diagnosed each year with a torn ACL. It does seem, however, that the Packers are being cautious to an unprecedented degree regarding the return of arguably the team’s second most valuable player.
This would hardly be the first time that an ultra-conservative philosophy has put the team in jeopardy of losing games. This year, the first two games of the season might be the two toughest of the year. Unless Nelson gets some substantial playing time in the final two preseason games, it’s unrealistic to expect him to be fully up to speed after being absent from game action for 20 months.
If there’s a good reason for the unusual delay in restoring Jordy to action, I’ve yet to hear it.
People are now wondering whether we will even see Jordy play in the final two preseason games.
We probably won’t see him in preseason, every year the coaching staff has a knee jerk (no pun intended) reaction in the offseason to something that happened the previous year
The Packers are being cautious because they realize that the entire season hinges on him coming back and performing at a high level.
There is no backup plan. They didn’t acquire a decent receiver in free agency (not sure if one was even available). They didn’t spend a first or second round on a receiver that could at least contribute like rookie Sterling Sharpe or rookie James Lofton or rookie Greg Jennings.
If Nelson isn’t a 1000+ receiver, which means he’s stretching the field and is playing in a substantial number of games, the Packers are right back where they were at the end of last season with one of the worst passing offenses in the league.
Yes the Packer front office is being conservative. The doctors it should be noted just cleared Jordy to come off the PUP. I know many do not believe the medical staff is competent, however there is nothing the coaches can do with Jordy until he was cleared by medical. If Jordy was cleared in week 1 preseason would you put him out in preseason game 1 to get on the same page with Callahan. Hell no.
Based on the problems with Levi stadium from last year I do not expect Jordy on that field unless those problems have been corrected. If Rodgers does not play the final game neither will Jordy.
So I guess if Jordy was playing in the preseason and he had a setback no one would complain about what the Hell they were doing playing Jordy during the preseason. I would be sure there would be no one second guessing that decision?
You are correct in saying that Jordy can’t do anything until cleared by the medical staff. but don’t believe for a second, that McCarthy doesn’t have any influence on that subject.
Very good article and excellent research Rob.
Also, does anyone really believe that Jordy will see pre-season action? I don’t.
BTW, as i’ve posted in another article. Jordy admitted to a reporter that his other knee “hiccup” was not the reason he was put on the PUP list. Just another case of the Packers lying to their fans and customers.
This is all about the leadership at the top.