Jordy Nelson Injury Report: Why He Shouldn't Play for the Packers This Week

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 3, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14:  Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Green Bay has a tough decision to make on Sunday against Arizona.  The decision is whether or not to play Jordy Nelson, who is listed as questionable for the game.

Nelson tested his hamstring on Friday, but he did not practice and will be a game-time decision on Sunday (via ESPN).  He missed last week as well with the same injury.

Nelson will be eager to play, but the Packers should seriously consider having him sit out this week.

Hamstring injuries are notorious for lingering and are easy to re-injure when going full speed.  If the Packers bench him again, he would have two entire weeks to get healthy, thanks to the bye week.  With that much time, it would be almost a certainty that he could be back near 100 percent for their game against Detroit.

If Nelson sits out again, the wide receivers could still perform well.  While we saw them struggle a bit against Jacksonville, I think they would still be able to get going against the Cardinals.  Randall Cobb has begun to show that he is an explosive receiver that can make big plays when called upon.  James Jones has proven that the drop problems of 2010 are long gone as evidence of him making some unbelievable grabs.  And while Donald Driver is getting older, he is still getting open on some plays, including a touchdown last week.

Even if the offense struggles this week, the Packers still shouldn't be concerned.  Their defense will have an easy task this week, playing a team who has more problems at quarterback than any team in the league.  The Cardinals' running game is the second worst in the league, with 79 yards a game.  The offensive line struggles, and Clay Matthews should have a field day.

The Packers need to consider sitting Nelson this week, due to the above reasons.  This game should still be a victory without him, and in the long run, it would be best to keep Nelson healthy.