GREEN BAY – Well, Jordy Nelson’s hamstring certainly didn’t slow him down as he made a quick getaway from reporters as he passed through the Green Bay Packers’ locker room Monday afternoon.
The veteran wide receiver did not practice Monday because of a hamstring injury that apparently cropped up last week. Coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson didn’t take part in the team’s Friday practice, which was closed to both the public and the media, in advance of Saturday’s preseason opener at Tennessee. McCarthy termed the injury "day-to-day."
Nelson, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Eddie Lacy all sat out the team’s 20-16 loss to the Titans, and most assumed that Nelson was a healthy scratch, just like Rodgers and Lacy were. But Rodgers and Lacy practiced normally during Monday’s closed-to-the-public workout, and Nelson did not. He did attend the practice, however, and did not seem to be moving abnormally.
Nelson suffered a midseason hamstring injury in practice in 2012 and missed that week’s game against Jacksonville as a result. He returned and played the next four games, then reinjured the hamstring and missed three more games late in the year because of it.
As he quickly sped through the locker room Monday, he was asked if the hamstring was fine.
“I told you I was fine two years ago,” Nelson said with a laugh as he headed out the exit toward the team’s CRIC practice facility.
Translation: Even if I think it’s fine, it might not be. I’m outta here.
Nelson, who signed a four-year, $39 million contract extension at the start of camp, had arthroscopic knee surgery early in camp last year to repair a recurring issue that had plagued him since his college days at Kansas State. He went on to set career highs in receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,314) last season and did not miss any games.
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