The Green Bay Packers lost their No. 1 wide receiver to a rib injury in Sunday’s wild-card victory over the New York Giants. He spent Sunday night in a hospital, before returning to the team’s facility Monday for further medical treatment.
Nelson suffered at least two fractured ribs, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. He has not yet been ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the Cowboys; his status is questionable.
“Jordy Nelson has a rib injury,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Talking with the medical staff, he’s going to be in the rehab group through Friday. And then Saturday, if he can practice, then he may have a chance. But we’re not going to do anything until Saturday. I’ll probably know more about where Jordy stands come Friday.”
With a tough matchup looming on this Sunday against the No. 1 seed Dallas Cowboys, McCarthy said, “If he doesn’t practice Saturday, then he won’t play in the game.”
Nelson started all 16 games this season, gaining 1257 yards on 97 receptions. He led the league with 14 touchdown catches. In Green Bay’s Week 6 loss (30-16) to Dallas, Nelson had five catches on seven targets for 68 yards.
Packers running back Ty Montgomery also suffered an injury in the wild-card game against the Giants, as he got his legs twisted while being tackled in the second half. His injury is being classified as a lower leg injury. He left the game briefly before returning for a few carries in the fourth quarter. He is expected to practice Wednesday and his status is also questionable for Sunday’s game against Dallas.
Montgomery served mostly as a receiver last season, but was forced into action as a running back this season after Eddie Lacy went down for the season, followed by a knee injury and a concussion to backup James Starks.
Montgomery gained 457 yards on the ground this season on just 77 carries — a healthy 5.9 yards per carry. He also caught 44 balls on 56 targets for 348 yards. He scored three times on the ground. In Green Bay’s game against Dallas, he carried the ball only three times as Lacy was still healthy. He caught 10 passes on 12 targets though, for 98 yards.
The Cowboys went 13-3 this season, good enough for the No. 1 seed and the best record in the NFC. If the Packers want to pull off an upset in Dallas, a healthy Nelson and Montgomery will surely be important parts of McCarthy’s gameplan. Then again, with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, maybe all they need is a Hail Mary opportunity.