Packers star wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been progressing well since suffering a torn ACL in August, and over the last few weeks, Nelson has began running at full speed, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN:
GREEN BAY, Wis. — If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Jordy Nelson could play this weekend if the Green Bay Packers had reached the NFC Championship Game.
That’s how well the Pro Bowl receiver’s recovery from his preseason torn ACL has progressed. For weeks, Nelson has been running full speed and working out in the Don Hutson Center while the rest of his teammates practiced.
Nelson suffered the non-contact ACL tear in the Packers pre-season game versus the Steelers after coming off a career 2014 season in-which he had 98 catches for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns, making the Pro Bowl.
It was evident that the Packers offense struggled without Nelson’s presence. Even Randall Cobb, who was Aaron Rodgers’ number two receiver was unable to reach 1,000 yards again. James Jones, who was picked up by the Packers prior to the start of the season, had a career year, and he is encouraged by Nelson’s progress:
“He will be ready a lot sooner than a lot of people think he will be ready,”Jones said. “The guy has been in here, putting in a lot of work. He sleeps with his ice machine on, he takes all that stuff home, he works hard. He’ll be back. I’m proud of him.”
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is also happy with Nelson’s progress so far, saying that he expects him to be back better than ever:
“I think Jordy will come back better than ever,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this week. “He’s one of the players I’ve had a chance to sit down and talk to [right after the season concluded], and just like you knew he would he’s so far ahead with the rehab, he looks great. There’s no reason to think he won’t be good as new.”
If Jordy Nelson is the Jordy Nelson of the old, the Packers will likely return to one of the best offenses in the league. If he struggles, it should be interesting to see how things play out.
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