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Nelson (almost) vows to play Saturday night

Jan 02, 2013 -- 4:40pm
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Jordy Nelson couldn't guarantee he'd play against the Vikings, but he's expecting to do so.

GREEN BAY – Jordy Nelson does not want to be called a liar, so the Green Bay Packers wide receiver did not want to say that he is definitely, 100 percent, for sure, going to play in Saturday night’s NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

But after leaving last Sunday’s loss to the Vikings at the Metrodome in Minneapolis with a knee injury – then returning to catch the game-tying touchdown with 2 minutes, 57 seconds to play – Nelson all but promised he’ll be back out there on Saturday night, even though he was limited in practice Wednesday.

“We’ll be good. We’re good,” Nelson told a gaggle of reporters at his locker after practice. “I feel good. I honestly do. As of today, I would say I plan on playing. But there’s a lot of time between now and then, I don’t want to come out and say I am playing and then something happens and you guys are all going to come back at me and say I lied.”

Nelson, who had missed the previous three games with a hamstring injury, said the knee was “an accumulation of things throughout the whole game” and that there was not a specific play when he injured it. Coach Mike McCarthy said after practice that Nelson “ran well in the workout that he did in the Hutson Center” and “looked pretty good in the routes on air” in practice. However, McCarthy said team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie wants to reevaluate Nelson Thursday because “he has some concerns.”

Asked what those concerns were, Nelson suggested asking McKenzie. Then, he added, “We’ll stay in discussion throughout the rest of the week. I was out there a little bit today, running routes, felt good. so we’ll continue to rehab and treat it and just continue to see how it feels. They always say they need to see how it reacts the next day. I think it’ll be fine. We’ll continue to work. Saturday, there’s a lot of time between now and then, and luckily it’s a night game so I get a few more hours.”

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