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



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 Packers' wide receiver Jordy Nelson celebrates his touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of the NFL's Super Bowl XLV football game in Arlington, Texas, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
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)
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)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 04: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/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)
Aug 29, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) warms up prior to the 2017 NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) is defended by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first half in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Jordy Nelson named NFL's Comeback Player of the Year at the 2017 NFL Honors on February 04, 2017, at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to taking on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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