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Jordy Nelson Injury: Updates on Packers WR's Ribs and Return

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers plays wide receiver in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on September 25, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2017

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was carted to the locker room in the second quarter of the team's Wild Card Weekend game against the New York Giants after he reportedly fractured multiple ribs.

He missed a divisional-round matchup against the Dallas Cowboys but is ready to return.

Continue for updates.


      

Nelson Active vs. Falcons

Sunday, Jan. 22

The Packers announced Nelson is available to play against Atlanta.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport had reported early Sunday that Nelson "ordered military-grade Kevlar padding" for the game.


     

McCarthy Comments on Nelson's Playing Status

Friday, Jan. 20

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Nelson would receive every chance to play Sunday.

On Jan. 19, McCarthy told reporters that if this were the regular season, Nelson wouldn't likely play.


      

Latest on Nelson's Practice Status

Friday, Jan. 20

McCarthy told reporters Nelson did not take part in Friday's practice because of an illness but was making progress.

On Jan. 19, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reported Nelson took part in practice but did not wear pads.


     

Latest on Nelson's Potential Return

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Demovsky reported Nelson is "still considered a bit of a long shot" to play in the NFC title game against the Atlanta Falcons. Demovsky cited a source who said Nelson has a small chance to feature in the contest.

After the Packers defeated the Cowboys on Jan. 15, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted Nelson "said he was doing much better but could not say for sure he would be ready to play in the championship game at Atlanta."


     

Nelson Injury Details Revealed

Monday, Jan. 9

Nelson suffered "at least two fractured ribs," according to Rapoport, who added it would "take an incredible effort [for Nelson] to play" in the divisional round.


     

Nelson Is the Clear No. 1 WR for Packers

Nelson's 2015 season ended before it started when he tore his right ACL in the preseason. While he faced complications stemming from that injury during training camp, he's been quarterback Aaron Rodgers' most dependable target this season.

Nelson piled up 97 catches for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2016.

"Very cerebral, smart, great second, third reactions," Rodgers said of Nelson in October, per the Associated Press' Genaro C. Armas. "He's a big-time player for us, and we're excited he's back and being productive."

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