McCarthy: Injured Packers WR Nelson ‘so far ahead of the rehab’

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL.
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson tore his ACL during the preseason and was placed on injured reserve last September. He spent all season rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee, and it sounds like he has made plenty of progress.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson is "so far ahead" of his original rehab schedule.

Via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky:

Nelson eclipsed 1,000 yards in three out of four seasons from 2011 to 2014. He was fresh off his first career Pro Bowl appearance when he injured his knee, after posting a career-high 98 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns during the 2014 season.

Without Nelson in the lineup, Green Bay’s passing game struggled. The Packers ranked 25th in the NFL in passing yards per game (219), as quarterback Aaron Rodgers made do with James Jones, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and a ragtag cast of reserves at wide receiver in 2015.

After posting a 10-6 record and making the playoffs as a Wild-Card team, the Packers should be even better when Nelson returns to the field in 2016.

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