Jordy Nelson plays pregame catch

Ryan Wood
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) watches from the sidelines during a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field.

Jordy Nelson played a little pregame catch on the field at Coliseum about 90 minutes before the Green Bay Packers game at the Oakland Raiders.

Nelson caught footballs from backup quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Brett Hundley for about 20 minutes. He also mimicked football movements with his route depths and cuts. He did not run, or even jog.

It might be the first time the All-Pro receiver has done anything on the field before a game this season. He tore his ACL in the Packers’ second preseason game Aug. 23 at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nelson only started traveling with the team Nov. 22 when the Packers visited the Minnesota Vikings.

Nelson is on season-ending injured reserve. He can’t play again until the 2016 season. His appearance on the field could be a sign Nelson has advanced in his recovery almost four months after knee surgery.

Nelson’s absence has left a major void in the Packers’ passing game. A year ago, Nelson had a breakout season with 98 catches for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2014 and named a second-team All-Pro. and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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