Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is listed as questionable for this Sunday’s showdown in Chicago, and could be hard-pressed to play this week. Nelson was held out of practice on Wednesday and again on Thursday, and head coach Mike McCarthy noted that he would be a long shot to play this weekend given his hamstring injury problem. Nelson injured his hamstring again this past week against the Lions early in the game, which resulted in more targets for Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb and James Jones, as well as an increased reliance on the running game. His absence in this game will probably mean more of the same, as Aaron Rodgers and the offense have been accustomed to dealing with injuries so far this season.
This has been a pretty down year for Nelson, as he has missed several games with various injuries. The problem with his injuries is that they are the type to linger around for a few weeks with the possibility of being re-aggravated. That appears to be what happened early in Sunday night’s game, and was the case earlier in the year when Nelson had to leave again before missing more games. At this point, it might be in the Packers’ best interest to rest Nelson for the rest of the regular season to make sure he is 100% healthy for the playoffs, assuming the Packers make the playoffs. Nelson is an explosive deep threat when he is fully healthy, and he adds an element to the passing game that has been lacking in recent weeks. This is another situation worth watching, and Nelson’s health will be a big topic going forward in the season.