Jordy Nelson to retire as a Packer

Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and fan favorite Jordy Nelson is retiring as a member of the team.

The 34-year old played in Green Bay from 2008-2017. He spent last season with the Oakland Raiders.

Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced Sunday that Nelson had told the team his plan. There will be a news conference on Tuesday.

In 10 seasons with the Packers, Nelson hauled in 550 receptions for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in 2014 and won Comeback Player of the Year in 2016.

In Super Bowl XLV, Nelson led the Packers with nine catches for 140 yards and one touchdown to help Green Bay defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jordy Nelson to sign one-day contract and retire as a Packer

Retired wide receiver Jordy Nelson is planning to retire a Packer. The date isn’t set yet, but it is expected he will sign a one-day deal with Green Bay sometime in August.

The 34-year old told Melissa Brunner of WIBW in Topeka, Kansas his plans to do it during training camp.

“We are headed back up there in August sometime,” Nelson said. “We haven’t pinpointed the date yet, but again, wanted to get our family back to Kansas and allow the kids to be able to make it up there. So that is the plan — is to go up there in August during Training Camp, sign the one-day deal, return as a Packer and move on from there. Time to become a fan of the Wildcats again and tailgate and go to Friday night football games and enjoy the kids.”

Nelson spent the first 10 years of his career wearing the green and gold before playing his 11th season for the Oakland Raiders. He hauled in 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns during his time with the Packers.

Report: Jordy Nelson to retire

The former Green Bay Packer WR Jordy Nelson is calling it a career, according to James Jones of NFL Network. He played for the Oakland Raiders last season after spending the previous nine years in Green Bay.

Nelson was one of the most beloved players in Packers history. He was the go-to guy for Aaron Rodgers and helped the Packers win a Super Bowl and compete regularly in the playoffs.

He was a second-round pick from Kansas State and will finish his NFL career with 613 receptions for 8,587 yards receiving and 72 TDs. His 7,848 yards with the Packers is the fifth-best in team history and he also has the second-most receiving touchdowns in Packers history.

Green Bay reached the playoffs seven times with Nelson. They have not made the playoffs since he left.

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Shorthanded Packers lose 34-23 at Atlanta

If the Green Bay Packers have closed the gap between themselves and the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons, it certainly didn’t show on Sunday night in a 34-23 loss.

A retooled defense looked exactly as it did last January, as reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones picked up right where they left off in the conference title game. The duo hooked up on gains of 19 and 34 yards on the opening drive, one that was finished off by Devonta Freeman, the first of two touchdowns for the running back who ended up with 84 yards on the ground. Jones had 105 yards on just five grabs, while Mohamed Sanu added five catches and 85 yards.

Green Bay had an answer, going 75 yards in 11 plays before Ty Montgomery plunged in from 1-yard out to tie the game. After that, though, it was all Falcons, as they scored 24 unanswered points, including taking an Aaron Rodgers fumble back for a 15-yard touchdown. Rodgers also threw an interception, his second of the season, and Atlanta made him pay for it by scoring a touchdown just before half to make it 24-7.

“I gave them seven [points] on the fumble, gave another seven on the [interception] and we lose by 11,” Rodgers said. “We were in the game. I can’t turn the ball over like that.”

Unfortunately for the Packers, the real story of the game was a mounting injury list. They played without starting tackles Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari, and then lost defensive tackle Mike Daniels, wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, along with defensive backs Davon House and Kentrell Brice during the game.

It’s unclear how severe any of the injuries were, but they were just another discouraging aspect on a discouraging night.

“Well, I hope we can,” Rodgers said when asked whether he took comfort in the fact it’s still early in the season and they can play better. “This is a potential matchup down the line. Hopefully, we put ourselves in that position. It was a tough game.”

Rodgers called Atlanta a fantastic team, but also intimated that the Packers don’t believe there is a big gap between the franchises despite Green Bay having lost each of its last two trips south by double digits.

“I think we can beat anyone at home,” Rodgers said, a nod toward the advantage the Falcons have at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. “We don’t look at it as [needing to close] the gap.”

Green Bay scored the final 13 points of the game, with Rodgers finding Davante Adams for a 33-yard score and then Montgomery on a shovel pass for a 1-yard touchdown. That one gave him 300 for his career as he became the fastest player in league history to reach that mark.

It’s back home in Week 3 for the Packers, as they welcome the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) to Lambeau Field next Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers wins Best NFL player at the ESPYs, Packers take home three awards overall

The Green Bay Packers cleaned up at the 25th annual ESPYs on Wednesday night.

The team took home three awards, including a pair for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Before the show, Rodgers was named ‘Best NFL Player,’ the fourth time he’s earned that honor — the most of any player in the show’s history.

He beat out the likes of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and regular season MVP Matt Ryan after throwing for 4,428 yards and a league-high 40 touchdowns as the Packers won eight straight games before losing in the NFC title game.

Then during the show, the 33-year-old’s throw to tight end Jared Cook against Dallas in the playoffs was named ‘Best Play.’ It was the second consecutive year that the Packers won the award, with Rodgers’ game-winning ’Hail Mary’ to tight end Richard Rodgers against Detroit in 2015 winning last summer.

Finally, wide receiver Jordy Nelson won ‘Best Comeback Athlete’ after he returned from a knee injury that cost him the entire 2015 season to lead the NFL with 14 touchdowns in 2016. He’s the first Green Bay player to win that award.

Jordy Nelson earns NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award

HOUSTON — After returning from a torn ACL suffered in the 2015 season, Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson was recognized Saturday night as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Nelson’s production in 2016 was eerily similar to the numbers he produced in the 2014 season prior to the injury:
2014: 98 receptions, 1,519 yards, 13 touchdowns
2016: 97 receptions, 1,257 yards, 14 touchdowns

The 31-year-old Kansas State product wasn’t expected to be the same player he once was, considering the severity of an ACL tear and the length of time in recovery. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is another exception to the rule, returning from the same injury to put up monster numbers in the 2015 season (1,485 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns, long of 80 yards).

But unlike Peterson’s return from the injury, Nelson was not voted to the Pro Bowl roster. That’s despite leading the NFL this season in touchdown receptions.

Nelson has two more seasons remaining on his four-year, $39 million deal signed in July of 2014.

Green Bay lists five players as questionable for the NFC title game

The NFC title game is less than 48 hours away, and the Green Bay Packers still have major injury concerns and now an illness going through the team to worry about.

The team released its final injury report Friday afternoon, and saw five players — wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison, along with defensive backs Morgan Burnett and Quinten Rollins — listed as questionable.

“They’ll be given every chance to play in the game,” coach Mike McCarthy said of the wide receivers. “If we know (Saturday), we’ll know (Saturday). If we know Sunday, we know Sunday. I’m going to give these guys the open time frame to do everything they can to play.”

If that wasn’t enough, there is an apparent illness that has hit the team, including Nelson, who was told to stay away from the facility on Friday to avoid spreading it. Still, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and kicker Mason Crosby have been affected by it.

“Rest, fluids, all that stuff. We’ll be OK,” Rodgers told reporters Friday afternoon. “We’re going to be OK and deal with it.”

On Atlanta’s side of the things, wide receiver Julio Jones practiced on a limited basis Friday and is expected to play on Sunday. He had missed the previous two days with a toe injury.

Packers’ WR Jordy Nelson earns PFWA Comeback Player of the Year honor

A year after missing the entire season due to a torn ACL, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been selected as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Nelson was injured in the preseason in August of 2015 and didn’t suit up for an actual game until Week 1 of the 2016 season. All he’s done since is lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns with 14 and and finish with 97 catches, the second-most in his career.

A 2008 second-round draft pick, Nelson saved some of his best games for when the Packers needed them the most. In the six-game winning streak to end the season, Nelson had three 100-yard games, including 154 yards against Minnesota in Week 16, and caught five touchdown passes.

Nelson is the second Packers player to win the award, joining wide receiver Robert Brooks, who took home the honor in 1997, a year after tearing his ACL midway through the 1996 season.

Green Bay is getting ready to play in the NFC title game in Atlanta on Sunday. Nelson’s status is up in the air as he battles a pair of broken ribs suffered against the New York Giants in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.