Packers receiver Jordy Nelson talks about working his way back from a torn ACL. (May 24, 2016) Jim Matthews | USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson knew the off-season practices — and the degree to which he would be able to participate in them — was up for debate.
So even though the Green Bay Packers receiver said Tuesday he’s been running routes for a while now, that his surgically repaired right knee felt “great” and that he has been pushing the conservative staff to let him on the field more, he has not yet participated in any team work in Organized Team Activities.
“That (decision) is higher up than me,” said Nelson, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last August.
Coach Mike McCarthy sees no need to rush anyone back onto the field — especially not his $39 million, No. 1 receiver with seven years and 6,109 yards under his belt.
“Jordy Nelson is doing very well. He’s right on schedule I would say and he’s sticking to the plan,” McCarthy said. “He has to be smart in these times and just make sure we go about it the right way. We’re focusing on more individual work with Jordy Nelson than put him in the group and the combination of team environment right now.”
McCarthy said the plan for Nelson’s participation would be determined on a week-to-week basis.
“We don’t want to push it too much because we’re still in May,” Nelson said. “Our goal is obviously September.
“Obviously they’re being smart. They’re probably doing the right thing; obviously you want to push the limits.”
One thing is clear: Nelson has had enough of rehab. Whenever he gets the green light to practice, the 30-year-old will be ready and eager to go.
“I know what I need to do and want to do to be ready to go come training camp,” Nelson said. “When I leave here at the end of the minicamp, I’m ready to go, I don’t have anything to worry about come August. That’s just where I want to get to, and we’ll be there. We’re not worried.”