Packers play waiting game over wide receivers Nelson, Adams
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[January 20, 2017]
(Reuters) - The Green Bay
Packers face major question marks over the fitness of wide receivers
Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams as they prepare for Sunday's NFC
Championship game against the Falcons in Atlanta.
Nelson, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the league's receiving
touchdowns leader in 2016, has been sidelined by broken ribs since
Jan. 8 while Adams injured his ankle during the fourth quarter of
last week's divisional playoff win against the Dallas Cowboys.
"I'm not sure how we're going to line up or who's going to line up
(on Sunday)," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on
"We'll hopefully have a better gauge if we think these guys are
going to make it. I don't think we'll really know until Saturday.
"We don't really have enough information right now. We want to give
them the whole week just because of the timing of it. In the
regular-season mind-set, none of them would play... but, obviously,
this is a different time."
Nelson, who has established himself as the top target for Green Bay
quarterback Aaron Rodgers, is in all likelihood a long shot to play
Adams, who injured his ankle after his leg was trapped underneath
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr on a tackle after a 16-yard
reception, has been held out of both days of practice this week but
felt that his fitness was steadily improving.
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Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson during practice at the Don
Hutson Center in preparation for the NFC Championship game against
the Atlanta Falcons. Mandatory Credit: Jim Matthews/Green Bay Press
Gazette via USA TODAY Sports
"It's getting there, I'll just take it day by day and see how I'm
feeling come game time," said the 24-year-old who was drafted by the
Packers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
"I want to be out there with my team, but until Sunday I will not
know what's going to go down."
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing
by Sudipto Ganguly)
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