Packers confirm Nelson is out for season
The Sports Xchange
The Green Bay Packers confirmed Monday that No. 1 wide receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the season with an injured right knee.
The Packers said only that it is a “significant” injury. Reports from major NFL news outlets have indicated it is a torn ACL.
Nelson suffered the injury Sunday in a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He went up to catch a pass in the first quarter and went down to the turf immediately. He was not touched by a defender. Nelson got up and limped off the field.
Nelson had the best season of his career in 2014, when he was named to the Pro Bowl after catching 98 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“It’s difficult to lose a guy like that in a meaningless game,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after the game Sunday.
Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery are among the other wide receivers available for the Packers.
Steelers stop Pack
The Packers let a 19-9 lead slip away in a 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s preseason game in Pittsburgh.
Backup quarterback Landry Jones threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to lead the Steelers’ rally. He finished 10-for-19 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Pittsburgh starter Ben Roethlisberger was 10-for-14 for 100 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers complete four of five passes for 57 yards in his limited playing time, but he was also sacked by James Harrison for a safety in the first period.
Scott Tolzien got most of the work at quarterback for the Packers, completing 11 of 19 passes for 102 yards and a score, while rookie quarterback Brett Hundley was 3-for-5 for 19 yards and was sacked twice.
Packers running back Eddie Lacy was the leading rusher in the game, gaining 30 yards in six carries.
Report: Wayne to Pats
Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne reportedly has agreed to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.
The Packers reportedly had been interested in possibly signing Wayne, but Wayne decided to sign with the Patriots instead, according to reports from ESPN.
Wayne, 36, spent 14 years with the Indianapolis Colts. Wayne was the Colts’ franchise leader in regular-season games played (211) and wins (143) and ranked second in receptions (1,070), receiving yards (14,345), receiving touchdowns (80), 100-yard games (43) and consecutive games with a reception (134). He ranks seventh in NFL history in career receptions and eighth in receiving yards.
Wayne caught 64 passes for 779 yards and two touchdowns with the Colts last season.