Jordy Nelson Injury: Updates on Packers WR's Hamstring

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14:  Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is having problems staying healthy, as he left Sunday's game against Minnesota with a hamstring injury, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin:

Jordy Nelson has a hamstring injury and his return is questionable.

— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 2, 2012

UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 3:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

As expected, Jordy Nelson will suit up for Green Bay in the final game of the season. 

ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde reported the list of Packers who will be inactive against the Minnesota Vikings, and Nelson was not on it:

#Packers inactives vs. #Vikings: Randall Cobb, Charles Woodson, Davon House, James Starks, Terrell Manning, Donald Driver, Jordan Miller.

— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 30, 2012

This is great news for Aaron Rodgers, as he will need Nelson to help make up for Randall Cobb's absence. 

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UPDATE: Friday, December 28 at 2:45 p.m. ET by David Daniels

One of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets should return to the Green Bay lineup this week.

Weston Hodkiewicz of reported that Head Coach Mike McCarthy said after practice on Friday, "I feel good about Jordy Nelson. He had a good week of work. I have no reason not to believe he’ll be ready to go Sunday."

Nelson has 46 receptions for 658 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games this season. With a first-round bye on the line against the Minnesota Vikings, the Pack will be glad to have him back.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 26 at 5:20 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Absent for each of the past three weeks, Nelson finally returned to practice Wednesday, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky:

Returned to practice were: Green, House, Crabtree, Nelson, Wilson, Worthy. #Packers

— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 26, 2012

While this news is likely too late for fantasy owners, it comes as a massive boon to the Packers. Green Bay can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win on Sunday, which could be critical for guys like Nelson getting even healthier for a deep run.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette confirmed reports from earlier in the week that WR Jordy Nelson would be sidelined for the Packers Week 16 contest against the Tennessee Titans.

#Packers inactives: Green, Woodson, Starks, Crabtree, Nelson, Wilson, Worthy.

— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 23, 2012

He tweeted out the team's inactive list and the star wideout was once again apart of it. Hopefully he can return to the field for the NFC North champions by the time the postseason comes around.

UPDATE: Friday, December 21 at 1:50 p.m. ET by David Daniels

Aaron Rodgers will be without his second-leading receiver again this week, according to the Green Bay Packers' official Twitter account:

Injuries-Crabtree (ham) out, Nelson (ham) out, CJ Wilson (knee) out, Woodson (collarbone) out; Saturday (neck/shoulder) probable.

— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 21, 2012

Sunday will mark the third straight game Nelson will miss due to injury. But against the lowly Tennessee Titans, Green Bay shouldn't necessarily need him to come away with a win.

As long as he's healthy by playoff time, the Packers will be fine.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 11:50 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

According to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jordy Nelson is inactive on Sunday:

#Packers Inactives: DB C. Woodson, RB James Starks, LB Terrell Manning, WR Donald Driver, TE D.J. Williams, WR Jordy Nelson, DE C.J. Wilson

— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) December 16, 2012

Tough break for Nelson owners in the midst of the fantasy playoffs. Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb and James Jones will all see a slight uptick in production with Nelson out of the lineup.

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UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 1:45 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

It's now official. Nelson won't play when the Packers take on the rival Bears in a crucial division game on Sunday, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin.

Clay Matthews is PROBABLE, Jordy Nelson is OUT for #Packers.

— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 14, 2012

It's not good news for the Packers or fantasy owners, but it's also not a surprise. Owners will have to explore other options for their playoff matchups.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Coach Mike McCarthy delivered some grim news for Packers fans and Jordy Nelson's fantasy owners today.

According to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the coach called his star WR a "longshot" to play in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears:

MM: Jordy Nelson is a longshot to play against Bears.

— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) December 12, 2012

We'll keep you updated right here when we learn more about Nelson's status in Week 15.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7:45 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

With Mike McCarthy already ruling out Nelson for the team's game on Sunday Night Football, there was little suspense in whether or not Nelson would play against the Detroit Lions. Associated Press writer Nancy Armour helped make it official on Twitter:

Inactives for @packers: Woodson, Starks, Matthews, Manning, Nelson, Neal and Wilson. Not on that list? TJ Lang.

— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) December 10, 2012

Randall Cobb and James Jones will have to pick up the slack with Nelson sidelined, but they've proven more than capable at different points this season.

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UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 7 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Bad news for Packers fans; they'll be without their talented wideout this week when they face the Detroit Lions in a key game in the NFC North, according to a report from ESPN 540's Jason Wilde: 

McCarthy rules out Matthews, Nelson Starks, Wilson, Woodson. Neal is doubtful#Packers

— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 7, 2012

The Packers still have plenty of offensive weapons, but losing Nelson again so soon definitely hurts. They still have a great shot at winning on Sunday, but look for Aaron Rodgers to spread the ball around a bit more than normal without one of his favorite targets on the field. 

UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 3 at 5:21 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

ESPN's Adam Schefter passes along that Nelson is still struggling with his pesky hamstring.

Packers HC Mike McCarthy said WR Jordy Nelson would be "hard pressed" to play Sunday vs. Detroit.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 3, 2012

Given this, I find it highly unlikely that Nelson will play. Hamstrings can't be rushed back, and the Packers won't want to risk him suffering a setback at this point in the season. 

UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:50 p.m. ET 

The news does not look good for Nelson, as Adam Ronis of is reporting that the Packers receiver will be out for the rest of today's game against the Vikings: 

Jordy Nelson done for the day with a hamstring injury.

— Adam Ronis (@AdamRonis) December 2, 2012

As of this update, the Packers were trailing the Vikings 14-10 in a critical NFC North matchup that could determine tiebreakers at the end of the season. They still have great depth at the wide receiver position, so they can get by, but a huge loss for the Packers. 

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Nelson is the Packers' leading receiver in terms of yardage this season. He has 45 receptions for 618 yards and six touchdowns. His 14.4 yards-per-catch average is by far the best on the team among players with at least 10 receptions. 

The last three weeks have not been kind to Nelson, as he injured his ankle against Arizona on Nov. 4, caught a break because the team had a bye in Week 11, but has been held to just five catches, 116 yards and one touchdown in the last two games combined. 

The emergence of Randall Cobb, not to mention Aaron Rodgers' ability to spread the ball around, has taken a lot of the pressure and focus off Nelson this season. He is still the team's No. 1 receiver and an integral part of what this offense wants to do. 

We will keep you updated on Nelson's status for the game against the Vikings, as well as next week, when more information becomes available. 


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