GREEN BAY — The Packers will be without Jordy Nelson when the team takes the field for Sunday’s NFC Divisional playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed during his Friday morning news conference that the Packers have ruled out their leading receiver with a rib injury he sustained in Sunday’s 38-13 win over the New York Giants.
It’ll be the first time this season the Packers will be without their top receiver, who led the team in receptions (97), receiving yards (1,257) and touchdown catches (14) during the regular season.
“It gives us one less receiver but obviously an extremely productive player,” McCarthy said. “You just go back to the way the game plan was set; the importance and emphasis on Jordy Nelson. With that, that’s gone and you just tilt opportunities the other way.
“That’s the way you always have to approach these type of situations anytime you have a player of his magnitude who’s not available. That’s all part of developing a game plan. You have to do that during the early stages of the week We anticipated potentially not having him this week, so we’ll be prepared for that.”
Nelson is expected to travel with the team to Dallas and will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday, according to McCarthy.
Without Nelson, the Packers will be counting more on veterans Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jared Cook and Richard Rodgers into addition to undrafted rookie Geronimo Allison, who had eight catches for 157 yards and a TD during two relief appearances for Cobb (ankle) during the final two weeks of the regular season.
Both Cobb and Adams stepped up after Nelson left Sunday’s game against the Giants. Adams, who caught a team-high eight passes for 125 yards and a TD against New York, helped propel the Packers past Dallas in their 2014 playoff game when he grabbed seven passes for 117 yards and a TD.
“I think he’s come a long way,” McCarthy said. “You all recall his breakout game against the Cowboys in the playoffs two years ago. I think he’s having a great year. He’ll obviously have a lot of opportunities and I’m sure they’re going to give him attention that he may not have seen if Jordy played.”
McCarthy also confirmed cornerback Quinten Rollins remains in the concussion protocol despite being a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.