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McCarthy on Nelson: "He would be pressed hard to play this week"

Dec. 3, 2012
 

There still is information to be collected, but Jordy Nelson could be in danger of missing another game due to his hamstring.

During warmups for Sunday’s game against Minnesota, the Packers wide receiver aggravated the same hamstring that already sidelined him for the better part of two games this season.

He made an attempt to play through it, but ultimately exited after only 11 plays and one catch for 10 yards.

On Monday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy cautioned he hasn’t received the full report from the trainers with the complete prognosis of Nelson’s hamstring and offensive lineman T.J. Lang’s ankle injuries, only offering they were not of a serious nature.

However, McCarthy expressed doubt that Nelson would be back in time for Sunday’s game against Detroit.

“I don’t know how many weeks Jordy would be out. I think he would be pressed hard to play this week,” McCarthy said. “Once we get past the initial couple days and see what he can do on the practice field, those questions will be answered. And T.J., I feel probably a little bit better about T.J. than I do about Jordy.”

Lang, who was already playing with an elbow injury, left after suffering an ankle injury that limited him to only 31 plays.

Without Nelson, the Packers played returning wide receiver Greg Jennings on 53 plays, roughly twice what they had planned to with him playing in his first game since Sept. 30 following surgery for a core muscle injury. He finished with four catches for 46 yards.

“We didn’t really have to make any adjustments,” Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. “The only thing that happened was Greg ended up playing more plays than we had allotted for him going into the game. It was unfortunate for Jordy, but it seems to happen more often than not this year. So we have to go ahead and move forward.”

Despite the hamstring flaring up in the same leg that sidelined Nelson for the Packers’ 24-15 win over Jacksonville on Oct. 28 and limited him to only a handful of snaps the following week against Arizona, there’s no concern amongst the coaching staff.

“It’s part of where we are in our season,” McCarthy said. “Our roster has been stressed. The receivers, some of their numbers are up as far as the reps they’re playing. Jordy is a very durable player. But I’m not concerned about it. It’s kind of the way our season has gone so far.”

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