The Green Bay Packers opened training camp on Tuesday but were without their star receiver Jordy Nelson. Nelson was officially placed on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, along with receiver Ty Montgomery, center Corey Linsley, guard T.J. Lang, tight end Jared Cook and linebacker Sam Barrington.
It was presumed Jordy’s spot on the list was due to his recovery from an ACL injury suffered back in August 2015. However, Nelson claimed he could have tried to play for Packers in the Super Bowl last year (if they had made) had he not been placed on the injured reserve list. So his inclusion on the list was a bit puzzling.
Tuesday, Nelson cleared up the confusion:
Jordy Nelson said he's on PUP because he tweaked his other knee while working out. "It's not the ACL. No one needs to freak out."— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 26, 2016
That comes as a big relief to Packers fans who were already starting to feel a bit panicked. Still, this isn’t exactly great news for Nelson, who hasn’t played a regular season game since hanging 86 yards on the Detroit Lions back in December of 2014. Though he now has another minor injury to overcome, Nelson expects to be ready by Week 1. How effective he’ll be once he returns to the field is an entirely different story, though.