Awful, terrible, no-good news out of Green Bay today, as NFL.com's Ian Rappoport tweeted the initial diagnosis on Jordy Nelson's injury is a torn ACL, which of course would mean he's out for the season. Jordy limped off the field after turning and falling without contact on an opening-drive catch in Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Nelson appeared poised for another huge season with the explosive Packers offense, a year after he set career-highs with 98 catches and 1,519 yards (4th in the NFL) to go along with 13 touchdowns to earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl. He reached 1,200 yards in three of his last four seasons and earned huge praise for his off-the-field work when ESPN wrote about how he often works 12-hour days at the family farm in Riley, Kan., during the offseason.
Earlier this week, the Kansas State football program announced plans to name its locker room after the former walk-on and his wife, Emily, for their generous contributions to the program. Jordy signed a well-deserved 4-year, $39 million contract with the Packers last summer. He also left his mark on the field at K-State as the holder of several school records with 122 receptions, 1,606 yards and 133.8 yards per game to earn Consensus All-American honors as a senior in 2007. His 15 catches (twice) in one game also remains a K-State record, and he scored 11 touchdowns that season.
NFL.com's Chris Wesseling called Nelson "a premier route-runner, an acrobatic boundary receiver, a dangerous deep threat and a clutch possession receiver" for the Packers, who have made the playoffs in each of the last six seasons. Nelson caught nine passes, scored a touchdown and nearly had a second in Green Bay's 2010 Super Bowl victory. Aaron Rodgers' passer rating on throws to Nelson has been 150.2, 130.3, 111.6 and 128.2 over the past four seasons.
Needless to say, he will be missed. Here's hoping the diagnosis is wrong, but if not, good luck in rehab, Jordy.