According to an initial diagnosis reported by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Green Bay Packers’ star wide receiver, Jordy Nelson, has torn his ACL during Sunday’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This injury may cause the Green Bay Packers to be without Nelson for the entirety of the 2015 season.
Nelson left the field on the first series of the game after landing awkwardly on his left leg while coming down with a pass from Aaron Rodgers. The injury didn’t look very severe, since Nelson was able to limp off the field and even did some walking on the sideline before heading to the Green Bay Packers locker room.
The Green Bay Packers await an MRI diagnosis to back up the original results, but the team shouldn’t be very optimistic after Nelson went down without any contact from a Steelers defender.
Nelson’s loss will be a big one for the Green Bay Packers, but with great wide receiver depth behind Randall Cobb and Aaron Rodgers should keep the injury from being too devastating. Devante Adams, Myles White, Jeff Janis, and rookie Ty Montgomery will all be in line for bigger roles if Nelson is indeed out of the picture. Tight ends Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers will likely see their pass catching roles change, as well.
If the Green Bay Packers opt to bring in a wide receiver, which seems unlikely, they could have their pick of multiple veteran free agents. Robert Meacham, Donnie Avery, and Kevin Ogltree could all be interesting options for Green Bay. Former Indianapolis Colt Reggie Wayne is also an option, but as previously reported by The Inquisitr, Wayne met with New England Patriots on Sunday, and a contract may be on the way.
Nelson becomes the second top wide receiver to succumb to an ACL injury this week, joining Kelvin Benjamin of the Carolina Panthers.
Last season, Nelson appeared in all 16 games and recorded 98 receptions for 1,513 yards and 13 touchdowns, leading to a Pro Bowl selection.
Replacing Jordy Nelson won't be easy. Last season: 2nd in the NFL in TD receptions (13), 4th in receiving yards (1,519), 7th in receptions.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) August 23, 2015
Do you think the Green Bay Packers will make a transaction in order to acquire a wide receiver? If not, how do you think Ty Montgomery and Devante Adams will fare at the position? Finally, how do you think the Packers will play this season after losing in the NFC Championship to the Seattle Seahawks last season?
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