The Green Bay Packers lost wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a knee injury in their preseason match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. One of the top WRs in the league, Nelson reportedly suffered from a torn ACL and will be evaluated further.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy did not want to speculate on Nelson’s knee injury, but remained positive that the injury is not as bad as it looked on the field.
"I'm not going to get into preliminary tests [and] opinions trying to beat someone to be first out there," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told ESPN. "Like I said, I'm hoping and praying for good news tomorrow. That's the way I look at it based on the information I've been given."
Teammate and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not as positive while saying that "It's difficult to lose a guy like that in a meaningless game.”
Green Bay has played a couple of preseason games, a 22-11 win over the New England Patriots and a 24-19 loss to the Steelers. They will finish the preseason schedule against the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints before opening the new season against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 14.
The 30-year-old Nelson will be entering his eighth NFL season after being selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft or the 36th overall selection by the Packers. In the last four seasons, Nelson has registered three 1,200-plus receiving yards seasons. Last year, Nelson, who was Rodgers’ top target, had 1,519 receiving yards on 98 receptions with 13 touchdowns.