The Green Bay Packers got a bit of good news this week. According to Pro Football Talk, wide receiver Jordy Nelson will play in Sunday’s week one showdown with the San Francisco 49ers.
Nelson had knee surgery in early August and missed a big chunk of training camp.
Nelson returned to practice last Monday.
The Packers had zero success running the ball last season and because of injuries, they could have one of the worst offensive lines in football (Tackle Bryan Bulaga is out for the season).
The Packers also lost wide receiver Greg Jennings to the rival Minnesota Vikings, so having their remaining targets available for quarterback Aaron Rodgers is essential.
Last season, Nelson had 49 catches for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. In his career season in 2011, Nelson had 68 catches for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns while playing in every game. For his career, the former second round pick out of Kansas State has 217 receptions for 3,276 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Last season, the 49ers knocked off the Packers twice, a week one 30-22 victory at Lambeau Field and 45-31 win in the divisional round in Candlestick Park.
The 49ers and Packers will kick off at 4:25 pm EST Sunday.