Aaron Rodgers: Difficult to lose Jordy Nelson in a meaningless game

AP

It didn’t take long for Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Packers to go from a rehearsal for the regular season to a festival of injuries that both teams will be dealing with for weeks and months to come.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey broke his ankle and is expected to have surgery that will knock him out for a good chunk of the season and the Packers are bracing for confirmation that wide receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the entire year with a torn ACL. There were other injuries, including backup quarterbacks on both sides, but those are the big ones and they left Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ruing the preseason schedule after the game was over.

Rodgers said he thought one preseason game would be enough to get the team ready for the regular season and that he thought others around the league shared that opinion.

“It’s difficult to lose a guy like that in a meaningless game,” Rodgers said, via ESPN.com. “I think a lot of players around the league probably do [dislike preseason games]. At least cut it down, maybe, to a couple.”

Rodgers understands that there’s more than just preparation for the regular season going on, however. He referenced the price of tickets to the games while saying that it wasn’t up to players and coaches to set the preseason schedule and no one in owner’s suites is likely to willingly give up the revenues from the games.

That means the Packers are better off spending their time thinking about moving forward without Nelson. Coach Mike McCarthy pointed to Rodgers as the player that will make that happen.

“In my opinion, great players make other players better,” McCarthy said, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

There’s still plenty of talent on offense for the meaningful portion of the Packers schedule and plenty of reason to expect success as long as Rodgers is there to tie it all together.

54 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Difficult to lose Jordy Nelson in a meaningless game

  1. Green Bay is deep at WR. Their offense is still going to be lethal with Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, and Randall Cobb.

  2. The Packers’ offense is essentially predicated on the precise timing that has been developed between Rodgers and Nelson, primarily on their nearly indefensible back-shoulder plays. This may be the one injury other than Rodgers that they can’t overcome to remain legit Super Bowl contenders. Absolutely devastating.

  3. But how much revenue did the Packers LOSE because Nelson went down, and now they have to sign another WR? If they pick a guy with 4 years experience in the league, that’s $745K. Do they make $745K in profit from a preseason game? Is it worth the risk? They still gotta pay Jordy to not play too. $1.3M + $1M in Roster and Workout bonuses. So they’re paying $2.3M for a zero production on top of over $700K to get a much lower tier WR. $3M now. Is it still worth it for that extra few hundred grand on games no one watches past the 1st quarter?

  4. Does Rogers not realize that most starters don’t play more then a series in most of the Preseason games? Some players don’t play at all for some of the games It sucks that players get hurt at all. But come on, if they didn’t practice and get it shape then there would be even more injuries come the regular season. It’s a fact of football life, a crappy one at that.

  5. The Real Problem Aaron, was the crappy ball you threw Nelson. If that ball wasnt over his head, he wouldnt have had the awkward jump.

    Good Job, Aaron

  6. It was a non-contact injury. It could’ve happened in practice. The whining about preseason games is so ridiculous.

    If Aaron wasn’t locked in as the starter for the foreseeable future, he wouldn’t be complaining about preseason games.

    Coaches need to evaluate players to determine who is going to make the team and prepare players for what they will see during the season. Live action is the best way to do that evaluation. No one forced the coach to play the starters. Nelson and Rogers could’ve sat the whole game if the coach wanted them to.

    If Nelson had been injured in practice making a cut would we be hearing how players only need 1 practice before the regular season?

  7. Yes one or two preseason games are enough to prepare the starters for the regular season. But what about the bottom third of the roster? Those are the guys that need the preseason games to show what they can do

  8. Stop it!!!! No one touched him and he got hurt. That could have happened in practice. Oh…I forgot you guys don’t need to practice.

  9. Sounds like that game now has a lot of meaning for both teams. Rogers is right, they could easily dump 2 pre-season games and the fans wouldn’t miss a thing. The young players looking for a job would have less tape, and the teams would have a lot less “free” money (Game checks start in week 1 for the players, so no salaries are paid out for those games). That means that the games are going nowhere until we get an 18 game regular season.

  10. He referenced the price of tickets to the games while saying that it wasn’t up to players and coaches to set the preseason schedule and no one in owner’s suites is likely to willingly give up the revenues from the games.

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    The question Aaron is would you give up your revenue from preseason games. Or would you finally go along with the owners and make it an 18 game season so 2 of the preseason would not be meaningless. Either way is sucks but he should keep his mouth shut on owners and willingness to give up revenue that then goes to pay his 20 million dollar salary.

  11. Vikings fan here…Good luck Jordy, you are a great competitor and it is always hard to see someone go down like this before the season starts. Best wishes for a complete recovery. I am sure Rogers will hit other open targets but you will be missed.

  12. You said it Rogers. Jordey might not have even been our #1 wideout, but he was definitely decent enough, and the impact of his loss will be felt. Hopefully he still has a few good years left after recovery. Time for guys like James jones to step up. GO PACK!!

  13. Now that Rodgers complains about it the league will change it just like they change the rules when peyton manning isn’t having fun. But in all seriousness hell of a player and sucks to see this happen im just glad he was able to get a contract done before this happened I think the Packers will still be good and this doesn’t close there window at a super bowl there GM Ted Thompson I think has always been good at finding wide recievers In the draft

  14. If only one pre-season game was played, then Nelson would have been hurt on the first drive of the regular season. As Rodgers said elsewhere, this is a sport with a 100% injury rate.
    Spinning and accelerating at the same time is pretty tough on the knee. That’s what took out Nelson’s.
    Football’s emphasis on size,strength, speed and violence stresses the weak points in the human physique.

  15. Huge loss for the Pack but with all due respect, they still have Aaron Rodgers. Talk to teams like the Jags and the Bears whose Top-10 draft picks won’t play a down of their rookie season and may never come back completely as good as they were in college. And those teams don’t have a Top-3 QB on the planet to help pick up the slack.

    I don’t see any way the Packers still don’t win that division as long as Rodgers is in the mix. They’ll just have to work a little harder at it.

  16. My apologies to Ted Thompson for my reaction to his drafting Ty Montgomery in the 3rd round back in May.

    I honestly thought we needed more help at the LB position (We still do), but with this injury to Jordy, we really need this young man to step up and mature on a hurry.

  17. This guy will be missed, I don’t care what anybody says. The Packers are deep at this position but nobody had the unspoken communication that existed between these two. Huge adjustment. At least six games before “normal” feels like normal.

  18. I suppose what he said about one or two games being enough to get the team ready is true, but this was only their second preseason game. Furthermore, this type of injury can and does happen in practices. There wasn’t even any contact when he went down. Short of sitting on the bench doing nothing during training camp and the entire preseason, there is no way to be certain a player will not be injured on the football field.

  19. revelation123 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:39 AM
    Green Bay is deep at WR. Their offense is still going to be lethal with Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, and Randall Cobb.

    and if they lose 2 of those 3? or all 3? oh right, next man up….gruber law office….one call, that’s all.

  20. I see a couple of Viking fans showing class and giving Jordy support. (Thanks)
    Injuries are part of the game, and as a fan for more than 40 years, I wish injuries on no player. Even if its a player thats on one of GB’s rivals.
    If there is one good thing to come out of this injury, its the timing, it’s still early to get other receivers some reps in and get them ready for the regular season.

  21. The Packers will certainly miss Nelson, but they are probably better prepared to overcome this injury than most teams. They drafted a wide out this year just for such emergencies, plus they have the kids from last years draft, they all know the system and they have two more preseason games to get the timing down with Rodgers.

  22. Gotta love Packer fans. For years everyone has been saying that Jordy was the product of Rodgers but Packer fans wouldn’t buy it. He was “elite” and in the same class as Megatron. Now that he goes down, he’s just an average Joe made awesome by Rodgers and Adams is sure to replace 35% of the production Jordy gave the offense. Lmao…

  23. Next man up but I suspect that the 11th ranked rushing offense from last year will now be solidly in the top 10. Eddie Lacy and James Starks are going to carry more of the load and I think that will be better for the team overall.

  24. bassplucker says:
    Aug 24, 2015 9:19 AM

    Huge loss for the Pack but with all due respect, they still have Aaron Rodgers. Talk to teams like the Jags and the Bears whose Top-10 draft picks won’t play a down of their rookie season and may never come back completely as good as they were in college. And those teams don’t have a Top-3 QB on the planet to help pick up the slack.

    I don’t see any way the Packers still don’t win that division as long as Rodgers is in the mix. They’ll just have to work a little harder at it.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Aaron Rodgers has stated,specifically, how hard itis to play against a Mike Zimmer defense.

    With all due respect, the packers barely edged the Vikes last year, with Teddy leading the way, by 3 points,and we held Rodgers in check.

    The game that the packers blew us out was led by Christian Ponder.

    The Vikings led by Bridgewater, an even stronger defense, and bringing back the best RB in the game in Peterson, no way do the packers slide easily into this division as 1st placers.

    Vikings are for absolutely real.

    This will be fun, and I foresee a shocked gbay faithful come end of season.

  25. trumb1mj says:
    Aug 24, 2015 10:37 AM

    Gotta love Packer fans. For years everyone has been saying that Jordy was the product of Rodgers but Packer fans wouldn’t buy it. He was “elite” and in the same class as Megatron. Now that he goes down, he’s just an average Joe made awesome by Rodgers and Adams is sure to replace 35% of the production Jordy gave the offense. Lmao…
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    Huh?
    I seriously doubt any objective Packer fan has ever compared Jordy to megatron.
    But most would agree, as I would, he’s in the conversation for top 5.

    How many Packer fans on here have compared him to an “Average Joe”?

    Yes, several fans have said that the other receivers need to step it up, as I have.
    But, without a doubt, Nelson’s presence will be missed.
    It will be about “Next Man Up” to help fill that gap.

  26. 4 preseason games per team is too many and the NFL wants more of them? I think two is more than enough and I would hardly play any of my starters. Maybe a series or two a game.

  27. Coach should have kept the starters out.
    Don’t blame the preseason schedule, blame the coach who puts in his 1st team players.

  28. Whine to your coaches. Those preseason games aren’t meaningless to the bottom portion of the roster, or the guys on the practice squad. Those games are the only real chance they have to land a job. But that’s ok Aaron, only think of yourself and your $25 million a year salary.

  29. Then I guess the coach shouldn’t have put him in the game. I think players crying about preseason after as little work as they do in training camp after the CBA is like Donald Trump throwing a fit because he dropped a dime in the gutter. They get everything and cry because they have to do so little. They are overpaid, overhyped, crybabies. I have an idea, put the training camp back to 2 a days and the way it was before this last CBA and then maybe coaches wont feel the necessity to give veteran guys snaps during preseason games. The only reason these guys are in preseason games is to get their football legs under them since they do so little work in the off season these days. Quit crying, its the NFL, your big boys making big bucks so quit acting like little kids who have to go to bed early.

  30. purplelegend84 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 2:25 PM
    Learn to protect your starters and your star players… AP doesn’t play a single snap in the preseason.

    So what you are saying is that Teddy and Phil are not star players on the Vikings then?

    Hello Randy this Ted want to stick it to your former team?

  31. ben444 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 2:44 PM

    So what you are saying is that Teddy and Phil are not star players on the Vikings then?

    Hello Randy this Ted want to stick it to your former team?
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    Teddy is in his 1st full season as a starter… he obviously needs the reps. One could argue that Phil didn’t need reps in the preseason other than the chemistry with the new O-line. But what good comes from playing Jordy in the pre-season that they couldn’t accomplish in practice? The answer is not much.

  32. Personally, I think they should do away with preseason games and just make them all regular season games. There isn’t anything they do in a practice game that they can’t do in practice. Plus, it’s not like the old days when players actually showed up to training camp out of shape.

    College football does just fine without preseason games. And it’s not like baseball where they can’t even play ball in half the nation and the teams are at least bringing the majors to communities that don’t have pro teams.

  33. You whining players are getting what you deserve. You all cried you were being practiced too hard, now players are dropping left and right because their not ready for game action. Congrats on your crying and getting less practice time

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