It has been a good few weeks for the Green Bay Packers. But on the front of Jordy Nelson’s health, the recent news is not so good.
Nelson, who injured his ribs in the Wildcard playoff against the New York Giants, is looking like a long shot to play Sunday vs Atlanta in the NFC Championship game.
This news comes via Rob Demovsky of ESPN, who cited a team source. This post says the source believes it’s not impossible for Nelson to play but unlikely.
The Pro Bowl wide out didn’t suffer any structural damage, yet broken ribs are certainly painful and would definitely limit Nelson’s ability to run and move the way he’s accustomed to.
One bit of good news was that Nelson worked out with the team Monday. Here’s what head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday:
“Can’t tell you if Jordy’s going to practice Wednesday, but he did all the work in the [regeneration] workout today,” McCarthy said Monday. “So that’s a good sign.”
If Nelson is unable to go against the Falcons, it would hurt.
When the two teams met Oct. 30, Nelson started to get back into form, catching four passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.
And in a game that will certainly be a shootout, the Packers will need all hands on deck.
Wednesday will give us a better indication, because if Nelson can’t make it on the practice field this week, it’s unlikely he will make it on the field Sunday at the Georgia Dome.