Jordy Nelson well ahead of schedule in knee rehab

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Packers receiver Jordy Nelson is doing well 11 months after tearing his ACL in a preseason game.

Nelson is “well ahead of the curve in his rehabilitation,” according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In fact, Nelson even said he thought he could have played in the Super Bowl if the Packers had made it. (Nelson was placed on injured reserve and wouldn’t have been eligible to play in the Super Bowl, but he thought he was far enough along in recovery to do it.)

What remains to be seen is whether Nelson can be as good a player in 2016 as he was in 2014, when he had career highs in catches (98) and yards (1,519). Even if Nelson is completely healed, it’s probably not realistic to expect him to put up the same kind of numbers at age 31 that he put up at age 29. But from all indications, Nelson will be the Packers’ No. 1 receiver again.

46 responses to “Jordy Nelson well ahead of schedule in knee rehab

  1. The good thing for Packer fans not all ACL recovery times are the same due to the nature of how the injury happened. With Jordy it was a non-contact type injury with very minimal bone bruising and structural damage to the rest of the knee. With Jordy back and a TE that can split the middle this offense is going to be back to 30+ points a game.

  2. He may not be a prototypical #1, but he’s our #1 and he will certainly improve the anemic show we watched last year. The Packers had a down year……..it happens. This year just feels different. Rodgers is not likely to underachieve two years in a row, Nelson is back, new TE, several interesting impact draft picks, a great secondary…… Many reasons to feel good. Consistency over the last five years will lend itself to an overall and sustained performance this year. There’s no reason to believe otherwise.

    It’s not like the Packers suddenly had one decent season out of the blue and now have delusions of grandeur. They’ve been there before.

  3. He’ll be back but, depending on player-position and style of play, it can take yet another year to get production back to pre-ACL injury levels. Best guess is 35% down on 2014 (which is still 975yds!) then close to his 2014 peak in 2017, still good 2018 (Jerry Rice’s best year was aged 33). Then he becomes FA in 2019 and that’s when the big age drop-off most likely hits, and CTE-worries will be causing more players to retire by mid-30s rather than push on.

  4. Injuries, even more than age, is often what tells a player it is time to hang up the cleats. We will find out if that time has come for Nelson and perhaps even Rodgers.

  5. wick0926 says:
    Jul 21, 2016 6:52 AM
    The good thing for Packer fans not all ACL recovery times are the same due to the nature of how the injury happened. With Jordy it was a non-contact type injury with very minimal bone bruising and structural damage to the rest of the knee.
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    That seems sensible but in fact many bad ACLs are non-contact, and so in terms of time taken to get back to 100% pre-injury production, degree of contact isn’t as big a factor as a player’s position and style of play. This is because bones heal a lot faster than ACLs. And frankly on the ACL timescale of many months and possibly a year or 2, bone bruising isn’t really a factor at all.

  6. Get well soon jordey! MY GUY ROGERS is waiting for you with open arms! I’m personally not expecting a huge season but who knows, I’ve been surprised before! GO. PACK.

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  7. Has there ever been an NFL player that wasn’t ahead of schedule? Or for that matter, unsuccessful surgery?

  8. What does Jimmie Fox Say? If Jordy was in the Lord of The Rings he would be Aragorn. Leader par excellence. Looking forward to a great year for Packer fans. It will be magic.

  9. Look, I am a Vikings fan, but this guy is a great player and I want to see my Vikings face Green Bay at full strength. They did a good job with “next man up” but it is hard to replace a guy like this. Good Luck Jordy, I look forward to seeing you play.

  10. @ragnar. Totally agree. Week 2 will be a great litmus test. Beautiful new stadium and tough division rival. Nothing better.

  11. I feel like the “schedule” for the recovery of these injuries need to be reevaluated – at least for professional athletes with their rehab regimen and access to the best doctors. EVERYONE is “ahead of schedule” now that it should probably just be “the schedule”. ACL used to be a year, now it’s closer to 7-9 months.

  12. Jordy’s health is one more reason the Packers are so heavily favored to contend for a NFL record 14th World Championship again this season.

    It truly is better football.

    For better people.

  13. I sincerely wish nothing but the best for Jordy as an individual.

    And the worst of everything for the Green Bay Packers and their fans.

  14. grogansheroes says:
    Jul 21, 2016 8:26 AM

    Has there ever been an NFL player that wasn’t ahead of schedule? Or for that matter, unsuccessful surgery?
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    Breshad Perriman comes to mind.

  15. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Jul 21, 2016 8:25 AM
    Get well soon jordey! MY GUY ROGERS is waiting for you with open arms! I’m personally not expecting a huge season but who knows, I’ve been surprised before! GO. PACK.
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    Lame. Fake packer fan. What is this, high school?

  16. Even with Nelson the Packers will still be 2nd or 3rd place in the north division. I don’t think Nelson’s presents has to do with anything bc Rodgers is declining, and he played scared now that he’s gotten older.

  17. Wide receiver with a bad knee injury?? Temper your optimism packer fans, nelsons days of blowing by dbacks for long bombs are over.

  18. Even with Nelson the Packers will still be 2nd or 3rd place in the north division. I don’t think Nelson’s presents has to do with anything bc Rodgers is declining, and he plays scared now that he’s gotten older.

  19. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jul 21, 2016 9:19 AM
    Jordy’s health is one more reason the Packers are so heavily favored to contend for a NFL record 14th World Championship again this season.

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    Favored by whom?

  20. Get well soon jordey! MY GUY ROGERS is waiting for you with open arms! I’m personally not expecting a huge season but who knows, I’ve been surprised before! GO. PACK.

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    I’m sure he’s your guy, you can’t even spell his name.

  21. codythao35 says:
    Jul 21, 2016 10:20 AM

    Even with Nelson the Packers will still be 2nd or 3rd place in the north division. I don’t think Nelson’s presents has to do with anything bc Rodgers is declining, and he plays scared now that he’s gotten older.

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    Well done, Cody! a few misspelled words, but all-in-all, a pretty coherent statement. Nice job!

  22. As a Viking fan, I’m actually glad to see Nelson back, and am looking forward to the Viking defensive backfield stepping up to the challenge of covering him.

    I think the battle for the NFC North will be the most competitive division battle in the league this year, and definitely want to see both teams at full strength going toe-to-toe.

  23. Cody is a shining beacon for Viking fans everywhere.

    It’s going to be a good year….with everyone in the north beating us once last year the division games should be awesome in 2016. Can’t wait for the season to get here.

  24. Hahaaah! Depending on a 30 year old coming off a leg injury to absorb a lot of hits and still carry your team? How could any fan be so clueless? Oh – wait a minute…

  25. it NEVER fails…..every time there’s an article about the mighty Packers…..viking trolls leave their ice shanties…..to spew their jealous idiocy…..it’s completely laughable…..they are so obsessed with the mighty Packers…..they MUST know everything about them…..LOL!!!!

  26. For the first time in a long time, the Packas’ have alot of question marks heading into a season. Nelson healthy? Lacy overweight? Oline? D-line? Rodgers declining? McCarthy’s play calling? Regardless, if your a fan or not the first month will be interesting.

  27. My Grocery Bags are made of Trees says:
    Jul 21, 2016 11:11 AM
    codythao35 says:
    Jul 21, 2016 10:20 AM

    Even with Nelson the Packers will still be 2nd or 3rd place in the north division. I don’t think Nelson’s presents has to do with anything bc Rodgers is declining, and he plays scared now that he’s gotten older.

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    Well done, Cody! a few misspelled words, but all-in-all, a pretty coherent statement. Nice job!

    Our little Cody, he’s growing up! *sniffles*

  28. The comments here are entertaining. The cats who claim the Packers are going to be bad every year are the same cats who say it every year. Ever been correct with your nostrildamus predictions? Funny thing is they are usually Vikings fans. It is said, Nostradamus looked into some sort of liquid in a bowl and could see the future. The liquid in Vikings fans bowl is tears.

  29. Good player, good guy — makes those around him better. I was hoping he wouldn’t be ready till the third game of the season.

  30. So Rodgers has 9 fantastic seasons and one bad season due to injuries all across the offense and just bad play altogether but it’s only because Rodgers is declining. Yep that sounds perfectly logical.

  31. I’m really looking forward to seeing Jordy back with Aaron for their last few, aging, declining years.

  32. don’t even let him warm up at the hall of fame game, that turf is terrible.

  33. It’s true that he is 31, not 29, but he also had a year away from the game in which to heal and strengthen his body.

  34. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    Jul 21, 2016 11:19 AM

    Hahaaah! Depending on a 30 year old coming off a leg injury to absorb a lot of hits and still carry your team? How could any fan be so clueless? Oh – wait a minute…

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    Not EVERYTHING is pending on Jordy.

    You’re forgetting Eddie Egg Roll is slimmer than ever.

  35. kcarpenter1245 says:
    Jul 21, 2016 12:47 PM

    So Rodgers has 9 fantastic seasons and one bad season due to injuries all across the offense and just bad play altogether but it’s only because Rodgers is declining. Yep that sounds perfectly logical.

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    When Jordy was injured all we heard was “Rodgers makes his receivers, next man up” etc., etc. How’d that work for Rodgers? He was just plain off-target last season- -even missing open guys. Jordy doesn’t have some magical power that will change the trajectory of the ball in the air. Rodgers is on the decline. His AARP card is already in the mail.

  36. kcarpenter1245 says:

    So Rodgers has 9 fantastic seasons and one bad season due to injuries all across the offense and just bad play altogether but it’s only because Rodgers is declining. Yep that sounds perfectly logical.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Karen

    Rodgers has only started in 8 of his 11 seasons.

    And he wasn’t “fantastic” in all 8 of those seasons.

    Hard to be “fantastic” when you win only 6 games in a season – (2008 and 2013).

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