When the Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions on Sunday Night Football in a game that both NFC North teams will look to make some noise, albeit under different scenarios, with one heading to the playoffs while the other looks to salvage a disappointing season, Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy said that wide receiver Jordy Nelson will be “hard pressed” to play, following yet another early exit from a game this season with an injury.
McCarthy said that Nelson’s injury “is not a serious issue,” but that he would still be “hard pressed to play this week” when the Packers host the Lions, all while looking to complete quite an impressive turnaround and win the NFC North, as the Chicago Bears have fallen off a bit over the past few weeks.
Green bay and Chicago enter Week 14 of the 2012 NFL season tied atop the NFC North standings with identical 8-4 records.
Nelson has been dinged up throughout the season, much like many members of the Packers, and has left games early on multiple occasions. The only solace Green bay can take in his latest injury is that Greg Jennings was finally able to make his much anticipated return this past week, and played the game without any setback, meaning he should be fine going forward.
Because of Jennings’ return, there is very little chance that the Packers will play Nelson on Sunday night. The Packers may very well be able to defeat the Lions without Nelson this week, although it will be interesting to see whether or not he can play the following week against the Bears at Soldier Field. Green Bay won the earlier meeting, and may opt to hold Nelson out again. If they do, then he may not return until the regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings, as the Packers would likely feel they can beat the Tennessee Titans with or without Nelson.