A lengthy and recent injury history—featuring ailments to his ankle, knee, hamstring and hip—should make the Green Bay Packers nervous about the reported “hiccup” receiver Jordy Nelson suffered before the start of training camp.
The Packers placed Nelson on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to start camp, which officially opened Tuesday.
Nelson downplayed the seriousness of his newest injury.
“We’ll be ready for the regular season. Like I said, there’s just a little hiccup with the other leg,” Nelson said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “We’re not worried about it. We’re going to work through it inside and continue to progress, and we’ll be ready to go at some point during camp and definitely for the season.”
It’s certainly possible Nelson is dealing with nothing more than a hiccup in his recovery from ACL surgery. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the injury is simply tendonitis—as a result of “overcompensation”—in his other knee.
#Packers believe @JordyRNelson knee problem is tendinitis the result of overcompensating during rehab. Not viewed as serious currently
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 26, 2016
However, any lower body injury for Nelson is reason for concern in Green Bay.
Since 2012, Nelson has dealt with a sprained ankle, pulled hamstrings on both legs, a knee scope to repair existing nerve damage, a hip scope and reconstructive ACL surgery.
Throw in knee tendonitis—no matter how minor—and the Packers can’t be too careful in bringing back their top receiver. According to SBAT.com, this injury will have a big impact on the team. To better understand changes like this that happen during the season, it’s important to check out football accumulator tips.
Nelson missed all 16 games in 2015 after tearing his ACL during Green Bay’s second preseason game. He crumbled to the turf after his knee gave way in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers missed him badly in the regular season, as Green Bay’s offense plummeted to 25th in passing yards and 23rd in total yards.
The Packers haven’t set a date for Nelson to return. A historically conservative team with injuries, Green Bay really has no need to rush him back, even if he could use the next month or so to redevelop timing and chemistry with Rodgers.
Neither the Packers nor Nelson sounded overly nervous about his new injury moving forward. That’s the good news. The bad news? This little “hiccup” only adds to a growing—and worrisome—history of ailments slowing down the Packers top receiver.