GREEN BAY – Jordy Nelson is good to go.
The Green Bay Packers wide receiver hemmed and hawed a bit on Wednesday – in part because the medical staff had voiced its concerns to him – but by Thursday, he was resolute: He will play in Saturday night’s NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings, despite a knee injury he suffered on Sunday at the Metrodome.
No doubt about it.
“No, none whatsoever,” Nelson said after being a full participant in practice Thursday.
Here’s the full, official injury report from Thursday. The team was not required to issue status designations – even though it was the last day of practice for the week – and will do so on Friday instead:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he didn’t know how serious Williams’ bout with the flu was. Williams is the latest of a host of players to get sick in recent weeks.
“I really don't have feel for that one way or the other. He came in and obviously had flu symptoms. He was given medication and was sent home,” McCarthy said. “We’ll probably know more in the morning.”
McCarthy was encouraged by the fact that both Nelson and Cobb practiced, meaning the wide receiver group will be at close to full strength – Boykin, who had a critical fourth-down catch on Sunday, won’t play – for the Vikings.
“Randall and Jordy both looked good today. We’ll see how they come back tomorrow,” McCarthy said. “(The medical staff) had Randall push it the last two days and Jordy wanted to get out there and push it today. They looked good.
“The concern with Jordy’s particular injury is what it can turn into. So, really will be determined on his examination in the morning.”
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