Packersí Jordy Nelson to get the nod for Week 1 action
The 28-year-old Nelson underwent knee surgery in early August. As a result, Nelson missed the majority of the Packers’ training camp and preseason games. However, Nelson has been making sound progress since the initial surgery and “didn't seem slowed whatsoever” in his return to practice last Monday.
"The knee's doing good. It's moving right along...as far as we can tell. We'll find out a lot this coming week, but we feel good with where we're at," Nelson in a statement almost two weeks ago. "We thought there would be enough time to get it done, take care of, and back for Week 1. As long as everything continues to be the way it is, we're looking good."
All signs continue to point towards Nelson being healthy for Week 1, which all-in-all in very good news for the Packers.
The Packers had little success running the ball last season, and could now have one of the worst offensive lines of the 2013 season due to injuries at the position. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga is out for the rest of the season due to an ACL injury he suffered in early camp.
The team also lost wide receiver Greg Jennings this summer after a landed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings. So the Packers will need all the receivers they have available for quarterback Aaron Rogers to get open well before a makeshift Packers offensive line when they face-off in Week 1 against a stout 49ers defense. Meanwhile, the 49ers will surely keep a keen eye out for opportunities to sack Rodgers more than the 51 times he went down in 2012.
Last season, the 49ers beat the Packers twice –a 30-22 victory for the season opener at Lambeau Field and a 45-31 win in the divisional round of the playoffs at Candlestick Park.
The Packers are expected to make an official announcement regarding Nelson’s availability for Week 1 in the first injury report on Wednesday.
The sixth-year pro Nelson had 49 catches for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games for the Packers last season. Nelson had his career-best season the year before, starting nine of 16 games to finish with 68 catches for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011. As a former-second round pick out of Kansas in 2008, Nelson has 217 receptions for 3,276 yards and 28 touchdowns for his career numbers.