The Green Bay Packers have activated star receiver Jordy Nelson from the physically unable to perform list. The move was posted on the NFL’s daily transaction wire on Wednesday evening.
Nelson, who missed last season with an injured right knee, wound up on PUP because of tendinitis in his left knee. He was activated after passing his physical.
Nelson sustained a torn ACL on Aug. 23. Obviously, Nelson won’t play against Oakland on Thursday night, so Nelson’s first practice will be on Saturday — three days shy of a full year after the injury. That practice is closed to the public, meaning the fans’ first chance to see Nelson in action will be on Monday, Aug. 22.
"The only timetable is Week 1. That’s the only thing we’re worried about," Nelson said on the first day of training camp.
What does Nelson mean to the Packers’ offense?
Just look at the before and after.
In 2014, Nelson caught 98 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Packers led the NFL in scoring and Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award with a 112.2 passer rating. 8.43 yards per attempt and 65.6 percent accuracy.
In 2015, the Packers scored 118 fewer points, or 7.4 less per game. Rodgers’ numbers dropped to a 92.7 rating, 6.68 yards per attempt and 60.7 percent accuracy.
The Packers have time on their side to get Rodgers and Nelson up to speed, with the regular season starting on Sept. 11. Then again, time is running short. There are only four full practices left in training camp, plus the four practices in the lead-up to the opener.
"Jordy, I know what he’s all about," Rodgers said last week. "I can throw to him to spots probably with my eyes closed sometimes."
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