It appears as if the Green Bay Packers will be without WR Jordy Nelson when they face the Chicago Bears this weekend. It will mark the third game he’s missed this season due to his hamstring. It seemed likely that he may return after missing last weeks game with a hamstring injury that coach Mike McCarthy referred to as “not a big deal.”
The Packers have been forced to game plan without key players all season, so this won’t be a big deal for the team. However, it could be a big deal for the remainder of the season as Nelson had already missed two previous games with ankle and hamstring injuries. Hopefully this won’t be something that needs surgery, because at this point it would jeopardize his season.
This will also be another week where we won’t be able to see the Packers offense at full speed. They haven’t been fully healthy since week 1. Nelson is a year removed from having a breakout season which included 15 touchdowns and 1,263 yards receiving. I had hoped that Nelson would be able to build on those numbers and become a number one option. It doesn’t seem like he’ll get a chance to prove to the team that he can he carry the load if Greg Jennings were to leave via free agency.
Nelson has a knack for making acrobatic catches, and has the underrated speed of a deep threat. I personally hope he can get past this injury going forward, because he could be a top five receiver in the NFL.
This will be a situation to keep an eye on going forward, but hopefully Nelson is ready to go if the Packers make the playoffs.
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