Jordy Nelson, Quinten Rollins will work with rehab group

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on January 11, 2017 – 2:03 pm

170111-nelson-950GREEN BAY — Receiver Jordy Nelson will work with the rehab group during Wednesday’s practice, according to Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

Nelson (rib) exited Sunday’s 38-13 win over the New York Giants and didn’t return. McCarthy said on Monday that the earliest Nelson could practice would be Saturday.

McCarthy said he hadn’t spoken to Nelson much, but added the veteran receiver has been in good spirits around the building.

“Jordy is the same guy every day,” McCarthy said. “He’s here. He’s been here all day. He’s making progress.”

Although Nelson’s status for Sunday’s NFC Divisional playoff game in Dallas remains uncertain, McCarthy said he feels good about the the Packers’ other receiving options. Veteran Randall Cobb returned against New York after a two-game absence, catching five passes for 116 yards and three TDs.

When asked about how this year’s offense differs from the one that had to play without Nelson in 2015, McCarthy said the team definitely is better equipped to handle the Pro Bowl receiver’s absence due to depth and development of young playmakers.

Second-year cornerback Quinten Rollins also will be a participant in the Packers’ rehab program Wednesday. He sat out of Sunday’s game with the Giants after being carted off the field with a neck injury during the Packers’ Week 17 game in Detroit. He later was diagnosed with a concussion.

McCarthy added that running back James Starks remains in the concussion protocol after being involved in a car accident last month. Starks has missed the last four games.

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