Green Bay Packers’ WR Jordy Nelson suffers apparent season-ending injury
Aug. 23, 2015
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, the Green Bay Packers’ No. 1 offensive threat and the NFL Network’s #18th ranked top NFL player, suffered what appears to be a torn ACL injury to his right knee. If true, this non-contact injury will end Nelson’s 2015 season before it begins.
Nelson managed to collect his second pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter of action against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The injury, which has yet to be confirmed by MRI (tomorrow), did not result from contact with a defender.
Losing Nelson for the season is a serious blow to the Packers’ Super Bowl and playoff hopes. Nelson led the Packers with 98 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns a season ago. The Packers’ second-leading receiver, newly resigned wideout Randall Cobb, will be expected to take over the role as the Packers’ No. 1 receiver.
Cobb may very well be capable of taking up that mantle. In 2014, Cobb had a breakout year with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. Second-year receiver Davante Adams will be expected to improve upon his 38-catch, 446-yard rookie season.
Nelson has emerged as one of the top receiving threats in the National Football League, ranking third among wide receivers in receiving yards over the past two seasons, behind only Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos) with 2,833 yards.
With the proven Cobb and the emerging Adams bolstered by the developing second-year tight end Richard Rodgers (20 receptions for 225 yards, 2 TDs) and the high hopes the Packers have for third-round draft pick wide receiver Ty Montgomery (Stanford), the Packers may be better positioned to absorb such a talent loss than most teams.
Said Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy (via packers.com), “Jordy’s injury, I’m in the position of listening to all of the information until we get back to Green Bay, and do all of the scans. Jordy is a key member of our team on the field and off the field. Jordy is a great player. We’re looking for good news tomorrow.”
Storybook ending already over?
It remains to be seen whether the Packers can solidify their receiving ranks to the satisfaction of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ championship plans. The Packers open the 2015 regular season against three of the 2014 season’s top five defensive secondaries in their first four games: week two against the Seattle Seahawks (1st), Week three against the Kansas City Chiefs (2nd) and week four against the San Francisco 49ers (5th).
Defensive rankings from NFL.com. Yardage and catch statistics via Profootballfocus.com.