Jordy Nelson will head into the regular season with zero preseason reps.
“Probably not,” Nelson said on Sunday when asked if he thinks he’ll play in Thursday’s preseason finale vs. Kansas City.
That decision comes as no surprise. After sitting out almost a full calendar year following a torn ACL sustained last preseason, Nelson practiced twice last week. While coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson "looks great," the workload was light and he didn’t participate in any 11-on-11 reps.
There are two practices on the docket for this week but that’s hardly enough time to take the quantum leap from where Nelson was last week to game action this week. That makes this a key week as he tries to get ready for the Sept. 11 opener at Jacksonville.
“As far as I know, I’ll be in team reps,” Nelson said of the Monday and Tuesday practices. “Obviously, it’ll be a little different because with the fourth preseason game, we’ll probably be running the show-team cards and stuff. But, at the end of the day, it’s running routes, catching balls and going against defenders.”
Considering Nelson was hurt in a preseason game, you might expect him to be silently cheering this year’s preseason fate, with the start-of-camp knee tendinitis being more of a blessing than a curse.
Not so, he said.
“I wouldn’t say happy,” Nelson said. “It’s the situation we were put in. I think if everything would’ve gone smooth coming into camp, we would’ve been in a different situation. But it’s the situation we’re in, and I think we’ve handled it well. We’re where we need to be. We have two weeks of what mostly likely for me will be normal practices going into Jacksonville, and I think we’ll be ready to go.”
While Nelson said he’s had no “second thoughts” on the health of his surgically repaired right knee, he admitted that he’ll probably nervous before facing the Jaguars. There’s nothing he can do in the two practices this week and the four leading up to Week 1 to prevent a case of the nerves.
Not that the butterflies are unwelcome.
“I probably will” be nervous, he said. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have them. To be honest with you, I get them randomly throughout the season if it’s a big game, if it’s a Monday night game, if it’s a big opponent, whatever it might be, a playoff game. They come back every once in a while. I think it’s a good thing. I think it means that you’re excited for the game, to be honest with you. I used to get them all the time when I was a kid in high school and college and, obviously, after playing the sport for so long, you kind of lose it. But to me it brings a little extra energy level and a little excitement level, but they’re gone like that (snaps his finger) after one play.”
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