By Scott Taylor
The Minnesota Vikings have two pre-season games remaining this summer. Head coach Mike Zimmer should play no starters. None. Not one. He’s already lost right offensive tackle Phil Loadholt and the right side of his O-line had some issues against Oakland on Saturday night. Now comes news that arch-rival Green Bay has an even bigger problem. QB Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receiver, Jordy Nelson, will likely be lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Pre-season games are great for finding out if young players, draft picks and recent acquisitions are good enough to play in the National Football League. But the chance of serious injury to important members of the team is much too great to play them in games that don’t mean anything.
On the Packers’ opening drive in Sunday’s pre-season (read: practice) game against the Pittsburgh Steelers ended with a touchdown. However, during the drive, the Pack lost Nelson, likely for the season.
The Packers only official announcement was that Nelson “has a knee injury,” but the club did not specify how serious the injury actually was. However, NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport reported that Nelson’s initial diagnosis was a torn ACL.
The Packers also announced that starting guard T.J. Lang was being evaluated for a concussion.
However, even with a concussion, Lang will probably return at some point, perhaps by the start of the regular season. Nelson is likely gone for the season and he wasn’t even hit. After catching a short pass from Rodgers, Nelson spun loose from Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake before falling, untouched, to the turf at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Nelson got up, but motioned to the sideline that he was done and limped off the field. He then limped to the locker room and will not return.
The Packers were impressive on their opening series as Rodgers completed all four of his pass attempts — two to Nelson for 24 yards. A seven-yard Eddie Lacy run capped the 10-play, 80-yard drive.
Great, I suppose, but without Nelson for the next five months, the Packers aren’t the same football team. If the same thing happened to Charles Johnson in Minnesota, it would severely hinder an offence that is already weaker without Loadholt.
As one regular reader wrote today: “Scotty, there are two rules to pre-season: 1. Avoid serious injuries and 2. Don’t get blown out and embarrassed. The rest is moot.”
Minnesota and Green Bay have both been stung by Rule 1.
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Lions vs Vikings | Sept 19-21, 2015
Chargers vs Vikings | Sept 26-28, 2015
Packers vs Vikings | Nov 21-23, 2015
Seahawks vs Vikings | Dec 5-7, 2015
Bears vs Vikings | Dec 19-21, 2015
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