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GREEN BAY - Wide receiver Jordy Nelson left the Green Bay Packers' NFC wild-card playoff game Sunday in the second quarter after absorbing a hard hit from New York Giants safety Leon Hall, whose helmet collided with Nelson's ribs.
Nelson remained on the ground for several minutes along the sideline as the game continued. Eventually, he walked gingerly to the cart and was taken to the locker room. He did not return to the game.
"I mean, obviously I'm concerned for Jordy," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I don't have the information yet. I haven't even been in the training room so I can't give you an update there."
Without Nelson, the Packers relied almost exclusively on receivers Randall Cobb and Davante Adams for production. Both players finished with more than 100 yards receiving. They also combined to catch all four touchdown passes thrown by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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"I think everybody just kind of stuck to our job, tried to put ourselves in position to make the plays when they were there, when we had those opportunities," Cobb said. "We hate seeing one of our guys go down but we've got to continue to play."
While the production from Cobb and Adams was enough to offset Nelson's absence, his reps on the field belonged mostly to rookie Geronimo Allison. He finished with one catch for 8 yards but was identified by Rodgers as the player who needs to step forward should Nelson's injury prove serious.
"That'd be a huge loss for us, obviously," Rodgers said. "But Geronimo's been playing a lot for us and playing effectively. Randall being back healthy — I said it this week in my press conference — we're better with (No.) 18 on the field, and he showed it tonight. He made a ton of plays for us. He was excellent and having him out there is going to help, but Geronimo's going to have to step up and play extended time if Jordy's going to be out."
Nelson was not in the locker room after the game.
Odell Beckham Jr. and a few of his fellow receivers were the hot topic around the water cooler earlier this week when pictures of their off-day trip to Miami exploded on social media.
That Beckham, Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard spent their off day in Florida was heavily criticized as the Giants prepared to play the Packers in the playoffs. When Beckham put on a poor performance at Lambeau Field on Sunday — he caught four of 11 targets for 28 yards and had multiple drops — questions about the influence of that trip quickly followed.
"That sounds typical to me," Beckham said. "At the end of the day, I went through practice, had zero drops, zero missed assignments. There was nothing that could connect seven days ago to today and how we played and executed. ... They did what they needed to do. The connection is just not there, in my opinion. But everybody's going to have their own opinion."
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Running back Ty Montgomery left briefly with an ankle injury before returning to finish the game.
"Why play it safe?" Montgomery said when asked why he came back with the Packers comfortably ahead. "It's the playoffs."
The Packers struggled to run the ball against the Giants' stout front. They managed only 75 yards as a team on 25 attempts. Montgomery carried 11 times for 27 yards.
Montgomery's backup, Christine Michael, finished as the leading rusher for the Packers. He carried 10 times for 47 yards and gave the offense a boost in the second half.
Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel contributed to this report.