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Jordy Nelson Returns ... For Pregame Warmups

Almost one year removed from a torn ACL, Jordy Nelson returned to practice on Wednesday. Whether he plays in the preseason is anyone's guess, but Nelson's only target is Week 1 at Jacksonville.

Jordy Nelson was Superman for the Green Bay Packers’ offense in 2014.

Before Thursday night’s preseason game vs. Oakland, he did something of a Superman impression. With the receivers and quarterbacks having begun their pregame warmups, Nelson ran out of the locker room – without the red cape but with his full uniform and helmet.

The fans that had started to fill Lambeau Field went crazy.

Nelson didn’t play. No surprise there, as he had been activated from the physically unable to perform list only one day earlier.

“I’m sure they enjoyed it, especially when everyone said I wasn’t suiting up today and then I went out and suited up,” Nelson said after the Packers’ 20-12 victory.

For Nelson, it was the next step in a comeback from an ACL tear in his right knee sustained almost one year ago and tendinitis in his left knee, which landed him on PUP.


“It’s all part of the process,” coach Mike McCarthy said after the game. “It’s good to see him pass the physical and get a little practice time the other day in the individual work. It was good for him to dress and start that process. It’s like every player, they have to eventually put their uniform on and work through the individual drills. I think we’ll probably stay with that format with Jordy next week.”

Nelson went through individual drills during the Packers’ typically brief day-before-the-game practice on Wednesday. The Packers won’t practice on Friday, Saturday or Sunday – with Sunday marking three weeks to the season-opening game at Jacksonville. Not including the day-before-the-game practices, the Packers have four practices left in training camp.

“We’ve been just working through it,” Nelson said. “It’s nothing that I’ve been worried about. We can do a lot of work in here and inside the Hutson Center. Our goal is Week 1. We’re right where want to be and need to be. We’ve got time to get there.”

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t played in either of the first two preseason games, and McCarthy wasn’t prepared to say whether Rodgers and Nelson would get some playing time together at San Francisco next Friday night. While they could play the following Thursday in the preseason finale at Kansas City, it’s possible their first game action won’t be until the Jacksonville game.

“I don’t know where they’re at with that discussion,” Nelson said. “It’s obviously not up to me. I know it’s in discussion what the plan is the rest of the way. We’re taking it as we go through. We can predict the future. Obviously, we’ll take this week’s practice and see how everything goes and we’ll continue to move forward.”

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