To lose one of your premier players in a game that equates to a meaningless exhibition is devastating, even for a top tier team like the Green Bay Packers. With wide receiver Jordy Nelson potentially out for the season after suffering what has been diagnosed as a torn ACL, their high hopes are far from intact. The Packers were projected to be one of the teams most likely headed for Super Bowl this upcoming season, with Aaron Rodgers commanding the field and Nelson his most talented target. Nelson will undergo further testing on Monday, but the news is expected to shatter the remainder of his season.
Nelson acquired the injury during a 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday afternoon’s preseason game, but the how and why of the story are frustrating, considering there was no contact involved. It appears Nelson went up for a catch and landed awkwardly on the turf during the Packers opening drive of the game. Even more frustrating, is the fact that he is coming off of an incredible season with the Packers, leading the team with a franchise-best 98 catches 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns recorded. Recognized as one of the elite receivers in the NFL, it will be a big blow for the Packers if the reports are true. However, they are fortunate to be a team stacked with able talents.
With Randall Cobb as the next best behind Nelson, recording 91 catches and 12 touchdowns last year, as well as second-year Davante Adams, who will most likely be bumped to a top receiver spot, there are still plenty of options for an ever-successful Aaron Rodgers to throw down the field to, but the final outcome for the Packers has dramatically shifted. They will most certainly be a playoff team, but an offense devoid of Nelson’s abilities might run into some slight trouble beating out the Seahawks for a trip to the Championship.