this July 30, 2015, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson
takes a break during NFL football training camp, in Green Bay,
Wisc. Nelson, who is starting the 2016 training camp on the
physically unable to perform list, says he had a minor issue
with his left knee this offseason. Nelson called it a “little
hiccup,” and that he wasn’t worried about it. Coach Mike
McCarthy also says he has no long-term concern with Nelson’s
GREEN BAY— Jordy
Nelson's return to practice was greeted with big cheers as the Green
Bay Packers got one of their big playmakers back.
At least for a little
bit of practice.
Nelson, who missed
all of last season with a knee injury, was limited to individual
drills Monday and primarily ran routes on air and caught passes from
Aaron Rodgers and rookie backups Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams.
His goal is simple in his long-awaited comeback: Be ready to play this
year's season opener on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on
there's prep that goes into the season with the training camp,"
Nelson said, "but the important stuff is the games, when it
The Packers activated
Nelson, entering his ninth year, from the physically unable to perform
list last week after he had been out with an injury to his other knee.
After keeping his
nose in the playbook and paying close attention to the tendencies of
defensive backs as he watched practice while he was sidelined, Nelson
doesn't feel the missed time on the field will be detrimental.
"I felt better
today, honestly, than what I thought I was going to be, wind-wise,
conditioning-wise, of running those routes and being full padded and
everything," Nelson said. "So I thought that was a good
He acknowledged with
a laugh that his cameo work on the field Monday hardly constituted a
practice. But that was good enough for those seated in the nearby
bleachers as they cheered every catch by Nelson, who participated in
warmups with the team before Green Bay's preseason game Thursday.
obviously, the fans are excited," Nelson said. "I'm excited
to be back out there practicing and getting ready for Week 1."
Nelson, who tore the
ACL in his right knee in a preseason game last summer at Pittsburgh,
doesn't know if he will be cleared to play any of the Packers'
remaining two exhibition games. That includes Friday night at San
Francisco, where Rodgers could get his first preseason action.
progressing," said Nelson, then adding, "It's a fluid
situation of how everything reacts and how we feel."
While Nelson being on
the field was big news, the Packers solidified another significant
development with their offense. Coach Mike McCarthy announced before
practice that JC Tretter earned the starting spot at center over
incumbent Corey Linsley, who is on the PUP list because of a hamstring
"JC Tretter has
had an excellent camp," said McCarthy, who alluded to Linsley's
prolonged unavailability this summer as a factor in the decision.
Tretter, who has been
working with the first-string offensive line since the first day of
training camp, took the news in stride after he was informed by the
coaches Monday morning.
"It'll be a
great opportunity, but I don't think the mindset really changes
much," said Tretter, a fourth-year pro. "It's just continue
to grind away and continue to do what you can to get better every
NOTES: Starting S
Morgan Burnett (back) remained sidelined. Micah Hyde started the first
two preseason games with Burnett out. Brett Hundley, the Packers' top
backup quarterback, didn't practice Monday after he aggravated an
ankle injury in Thursday's game. Backup G Josh Walker (knee) also was
out. Second-year LB Jake Ryan returned to practice after being
sidelined since early August with a hamstring injury. ... The Packers
released first-year G Matt Rotheram and undrafted rookie long snapper
Jesse Schmitt. Rotheram (biceps) and Schmitt (broken hand) suffered
injuries earlier in the preseason.