GREEN BAY – Jordy Nelson doesn’t play fantasy football, but he knows people who do, so the Green Bay Packers wide receiver has some good news for those folks: After his third practice of the week on Thursday, he fully expects to play Sunday at Detroit.
“I hope so, I've been practicing all week. I hope I'm not practicing to be sitting on the bench,” said Nelson, who missed the team’s Oct. 28 game against Jacksonville with a hamstring injury suffered in practice, then sustained an ankle injury upon his return Nov. 4 against Arizona. “We'll be ready to go. (I) stayed here all bye week, got healthy and I'm out there feeling good. I've been practicing just like it's a normal week.”
While healthy players were allowed to leave town for their week off for the bye, Nelson was among the injured who were required to stay behind for treatments. He said both his ankle and his hamstring are better as a result.
“I feel great,” said Nelson, who’d caught nine passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns on Oct. 14 at Houston and eight passes for 122 yards and one TD on Oct. 21 at St. Louis before the injuries struck. “(I) treated (the bye week) like another week. I knew I wanted to get better and get back on the field, so I stayed here and did treatment.”
Asked why he thinks the passing game has clicked after a slow start – Nelson himself had just 23 receptions for 289 yards and one TD before his back-to-back 100-yard games – Nelson said he doesn’t believe much has changed.
“I don't think there's anything particular. I think we started getting into a rhythm,” Nelson said. “Our coaches do a good job of finding what's working well for us and what's not, making adjustments to that. We just continue to move forward. We know you want to play your best football at the end of the year and that's definitely what we want to get back to doing.”
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