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Nelson has no doubt he'll play against Vikings

Jan. 3, 2013
 

For the first time since their regular-season opener against San Francisco, it looks like the Green Bay Packers have a full complement of healthy wide receivers.

The Packers won’t give their injury status reports for Saturday’s Wild Card game against Minnesota until Friday, but both wide receiver Jordy Nelson (knee) and Randall Cobb (ankle) were visible and full participants at Thursday’s practice.

Nelson, who injured his knee during Sunday’s 37-34 loss in Minneapolis, did some sprinting drills individually before running routes in team walk-through.

Cobb sat out of the regular-season finale with ankle and knee injuries he sustained in the Packers’ 55-7 win over Tennessee two weeks ago, but continued to take part in team drills on Thursday while splitting returning snaps with Jeremy Ross on special teams.

After practice, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said both Cobb and Nelson looked good, but will see how they check out on Friday.

In the locker room, however, Nelson stated he has no doubt “whatsoever” he’ll play against the Vikings in the team’s third encounter in 35 days.

“We're excited about it and hopefully we can go out and perform well, make a lot of plays and play a few games together,” said Nelson, who missed four games this season with hamstring injuries. “That's what you want. You want to be at full strength going into the playoffs and I think we're as healthy as we can be."

All four receivers played in the Packers' 28-27 win over New Orleans on Sept. 30, but Jennings hadn't fully healed from the core muscle injury he sustained the 30-22 loss to the 49ers on Sept. 9.

Based on Thursday's practice, it appears they'll have a good chance to enter Saturday's game with Jennings, Nelson, Cobb and sixth-year veteran James Jones all healthy at the same time.

With tight end Jermichael Finley also playing his best football of the season in recent weeks, it provides quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a full assortment of weapons the team feels are second to none.

“Not in my opinion,” said Packers tight end Jermichael Finley when asked if there’s a better unit in the league. “If everybody is healthy and we play our type of ball we can play, of course I don’t think nobody can handle it.”

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