Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Thursday that losing Nelson would be a blow for the team for a number of years.
The Packers are in the midst of a playoff hunt that has been hampered by a series of injuries and the absence of star receiver Jordy Nelson.
Nelson suffered a broken bone in his hand in a Week 4 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and he hasn’t played since then.
Rodgers said he has no idea how the quarterback’s injury would affect the team going forward.
“I think for a while I’ll just focus on winning the next game and trying to do the best I can,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers’ comments come after Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged last week that Nelson’s absence would have a significant impact on the team’s ability to compete this season. “
But if it’s not a success, I can understand where they are with that.”
Rodgers’ comments come after Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged last week that Nelson’s absence would have a significant impact on the team’s ability to compete this season.
Packers coach John Fox said in a news conference Thursday that Nelson has been a big reason for the Packers’ success in recent seasons.
“He’s really been the backbone of our team for us,” Fox said.
We’re fortunate to have him.
He’s been an integral part of our success.
We’ve got a young quarterback.
We have a young offensive line.
We’re not really playing at our best in the second half.
So it’s tough to see what the long-term impact will be if Nelson is not able to come back.”
Fox also said that the team plans to use Nelson in the postseason, even if it means losing him for the rest of the season.
“We don’t know yet what the short-term effect of Nelson’s injury will be,” Fox told reporters.
“It could be, I don’t want to get into a hypotheticals thing, a long-run effect, a short-run impact.
But that’s something that we have to figure out how to get around. “
There are going to come a time when he’s going be a backup, and I don, personally, think that’s a bad thing.
If we can get Nelson back, he can be a big part of that, and then we can do a little bit of both at the same time.” “
In order to do that, we have got to have the quarterback to be in that position.
If we can get Nelson back, he can be a big part of that, and then we can do a little bit of both at the same time.”
Packers quarterback Brett Favre was injured in Week 3 and missed the rest for four weeks.
But Rodgers said the team is hopeful that Favre will be ready to play in the playoff opener against the Detroit Lions.
“The one thing we’ve learned is, we always say we want to have a guy like that available for us in the playoffs.
That’s what we do,” Rodgers told reporters Thursday.
“As far as how much longer he’s out, I think we’re going get there.”