In a stunning development after the conclusion of this morning’s training camp practice, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced that wide receiver Jordy Nelson is out for the remainder of training camp and the preseason after a procedure was done on his knee.
According to ESPN.com, the procedure was to correct a nerve issue with his knee that flared up during training camp. The ESPN report says that Nelson could have made it through the season with pain and by taking medication, but he opted for the surgery that would correct the problem.
McCarthy said he was “hopeful” Nelson would be ready for the regular season opener against the San Francisco 49ers but that is not certain at this pont. With Randall Cobb leaving today’s practice with what McCarthy called a bicep injury, the Green Bay wide receiver corps is suddenly getting thin. Cobb’s injury does not seem severe, but the loss of Nelson leaves James Jones as the only receiver from the team’s top three to remain healthy.
This is good news for Jarrett Boykin as well as Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey to make noise on the practice field. Johnson and Dorsey have missed practice with injuries but with Nelson confirmed out, this may still give them one last shot at making an impression. Don’t rule out Myles White either.
After emerging from the first week of camp relatively healthy, the injury bug struck the Packers hard this week with the news about Nelson as well as the reported ACL tear suffered by left tackle Bryan Bulaga. For a team that was decimated by injuries last season, Green Bay can’t be too thrilled with the injury news coming out of training camp this week.
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke