The annual Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game will be played on Sunday.
The event’s host, who hasn’t been fully cleared by the Green Bay Packers’ coaching and medical staffs following last year’s knee injury, will be in on the action. He’s not “scared” of anything as he returns from a torn ACL that cost him all of last season.
“I’ve not been told not to do it, so we’ll be out there,” Nelson said on Monday.
As he did last week, when Thursday’s organized team activity was open to fans and media, Nelson took part in a few individual drills on Monday. He will not be allowed to participate in 11-on-11 work until training camp starts in late July.
“It’s not fun watching,” Nelson said. “I watched enough last year. I don’t need to do any more of it. Want to get out there. Want to get back. It’s not just getting out there. I just need to make sure I’m ready to go come training camp and regular season. That’s where I’m trying to get to. I know where I need to be mentally and physically. There’s nothing physically that’s holding me back. I’m not trying to push it and be ridiculous about anything, but I want to be at a certain spot when I leave here that come training camp I’m ready to go and don’t have to work my way into it.”
Nelson said he understands the team’s approach and he understands fans’ concerns about coming back too soon. That doesn’t mean Nelson shares those concerns.
“I don’t think you can be scared of it,” Nelson said. “I wasn’t scared of it before it happened. I won’t be scared of it to happen again. The way it happened in Pittsburgh, you can’t prevent that. You can’t run from it. Eventually, you have to practice. Eventually, you have to play in a game, and I’m going to play in the preseason, so I need it. Everyone’s scared of it, but I’m not. You can’t run from it. You have to get out there sometime.”
Sunday’s action begins at 1:05 p.m. at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. The game, pitting the offense vs. the defense, benefits Young Life, an organization for middle, high school and college students that pairs them with adults. Founded in 1941, Young Life has more than 3,000 staff and 30,000 volunteers reaching more than 1 million kids annually.
“We’ve dominated the last couple years,” Nelson said. “Gave them all warning today that they need to go out and practice.”
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