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The Green Bay Packers have been devastated with injuries this past month with some of their star players and now one of their healthy players for this entire season, Jordy Nelson, is now a game-time decision this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a hamstring injury.
Nelson has been the best receiver for the Packers this season and has stepped up his game even more from his breakout season last year with Jennings being out for most of this year with a groin injury. During the Packers hot streak on offense in the past four weeks, Nelson has been right in the middle of all of it. In his last four games, Nelson has had five touchdowns and has caught at least eight passes in three of those games. Nelson is expected to have another big games this weekend if he is able to play considering the Jaguars have the worst pass rush in the league with only five total sacks this season. With Rodgers having extra time to throw the ball, the Packers receivers should be able to get open throughout the day.
Nelson was unable to practice on Friday and he will test his sore hamstring on Sunday morning before the game starts and then he will make his decision on whether or not to play. If Nelson is unable to play it looks like young Jarrett Boykins will get his first amount of significant playing time in the league.
As for B.J. Raji, he has missed the last two games due to an ankle injury, but is most likely to return this Sunday and practiced for the first time in full pads on Thursday and then had the day off from Friday’s practice which was the exact plan head coach Mike McCarthy had for Raji when the week started.
“The plan coming off of Monday was to practice him on Thursday in pads and give him Friday to recover,” Mike McCarthy said. “Everything looks good. If nothing changes here in the next 48 hours, I feel very confident with B.J.”
This is good news for the Packers since they are depleted on defense. They have already lost cornerback Charles Woodson for at least a month with a broken collarbone and also have had injuries to rookie Nick Perry and and veteran corner Sam Shields.
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