The initial diagnosis on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson’s knee injury is a torn ACL, putting his 2015 season in complete jeopardy. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Nelson’s injury on Twitter, stating that the Packers were also awaiting MRI results.
The initial diagnosis on #Packers WR Jordy Nelson is a torn ACL, source said. Horrible news. Awaiting MRI results to confirm.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2015
Nelson suffered the injury while making a catch in Green Bay’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this afternoon. There was no contact on the play and Nelson fell to the ground after turning to head upfield.
If Nelson does indeed have a torn ACL, his loss is a huge blow to Green Bay’s offense. The former Kansas State Wildcat has been the team’s leading receiver three of the past four seasons and has 400 catches for 6,109 yards and 49 touchdowns since being drafted by Green Bay back in 2008. With him out for the season, Randall Cobb would likely become the new No. 1 receiver and second-year man Davante Adams is sure to get more targets as well.
Though this story is not yet official, it’s not looking good for the Packers, who will enter the 2015 season seeking their fifth straight NFC North title. Last season, Green Bay suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. Hopefully, Nelson’s injury doesn’t end up resulting in a lost season.
Green Bay opens the season against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 13.
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