Packers WR Jordy Nelson suffers a torn ACL in preseason game versus Steelers

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By JOHN DORN

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who finished second last season with 13 touchdown receptions, has reportedly suffered a torn ACL.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted the news during Sunday's preseason game between the Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. The injury unfortunately wouldn't be the first season-ending ailment of the preseason, but would certainly be the most impactful.

Nelson left the game against Pittsburgh after a non-contact injury suffered in the first half.



Nelson racked up more than 1,500 yards on 98 receptions for the Packers a season ago. The 30-year-old was preparing for his eighth NFL season -- all with Green Bay and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The team hasn't yet confirmed the injury, and Rapoport reports that Nelson has yet to undergo an MRI to confirm. Regardless, this seems to be a huge blow for the Packers, who had Super Bowl hopes after getting eliminated in last season's NFC Championship Game by the Seattle Seahawks.

Randall Cobb, entering his fifth season, would assume duties as Rodgers' No. 1 receiving option. Cobb caught 91 passes for just under 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.

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Green Bay Packer's wide receiver Jordy Nelson catches a pass during mini-camp Tuesday June 17, 2008 at the Don Hutson Center in Green Bay, Wis.(AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson (87) rides to football training camp Monday, July 28, 2008, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gives a thumbs-up to wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) after Nelson caught a 10-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson talks with the media, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in Irving, Texas. Green Bay will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL football Super Bowl XLV Sunday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson (87) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of the NFL football Super Bowl XLV game Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback honors Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, second from right, as Nelson's family watches, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Brownback proclaimed it "Jordy Nelson Day" in Kansas. Nelson, a Leonardville, Kan., native, caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' recent Super Bowl victory. (AP Photo/John Milburn)
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, left, shares a laugh with Jordy Nelson during the first half of an NFL football preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans in the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Green Bay Packers’ Jordy Nelson, left, and Ty Montgomery talk during NFL football training camp, Saturday, Aug. 1 , 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson speaks with the media during an NFL news conference Wednesday Jan. 14, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers will play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in an NFL football NFC championship game. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson catches a 66-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during a NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts with Jordy Nelson #87 after they connected for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field following the NFL game against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers makes a nine yard pass reception as cornerback Cortland Finnegan #31 of the St. Louis Rams is penalized for unnecessary roughness on the tackle in the fourth quarter at Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. The Packers defeated the Rams 30-20. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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