Nelson returns to practice from hamstring injury

Pete Dougherty
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Receiver Jordy Nelson returned to practice Tuesday, though on a relatively light schedule, after missing the Green Bay Packers' preseason opener and practice Monday because of a hamstring injury.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson passes during warmups at Family Night at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.  Kyle Bursaw / Press-Gazette Media

Nelson lined up with the No. 1 offense for the first snap on each new set of team drills but didn't appear to take part in any other plays, so he took part on only a handful of plays for the day.

"I took it light with him today," coach Mike McCarthy said.

Defensive lineman Josh Boyd also returned to practice after missing Monday because of a rib injury.

-- Receiver Jeff Janis continued his strong showing in his return from shingles that sidelined him for the first week of training camp.

On Tuesday the seventh-round draft pick made his third eye-catching reception in team drills this camp when he ran a deep post pattern and made a lunging, falling catch of a bomb from Aaron Rodgers for a big gain. He also caught a 12-yard out pattern for a first down during a two-minute drill, though later in two-minute he dropped a well thrown short pass for what would have been a first down.

Janis didn't play in the preseason opener but appears in line to get some snaps this week at St. Louis.

"I think Jeff Janis has made a play every day he's been out there," McCarthy said. "He made another big play today. He looks good. Hopefully, we can get him fully cleared by the medical staff for Saturday night. I really like what he's done so far."

-- Outside linebacker Julius Peppers, on whether he's too old at age 34 to have much of an impact on the Packers' season: "We'll see about that. I'm not really going to get into too much discussing what I can and can't do. I'm going to let the film speak for it."

-- In the two-minute drill near the end of practice Tuesday, backup quarterback Scott Tolzien moved the No. 3 offense into scoring position against the No. 3 defense but couldn't complete the game-winning pass on the final two plays from the 10-yard line. Receiver Chris Harper was the target on both passes. The first throw was behind Harper, and on the second Tolzien scrambled to his right but had his pass, which probably would have been out of bounds even if caught, broken up by cornerback Charles Clay.

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