The Green Bay Packers may spend the 2015 season without their top wideout. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jordy Nelson appears to have torn his ACL based on the initial diagnosis.
Nelson fell to the ground without contact Sunday afternoon after making a catch. Nelson limped off the field under his own power and walked to the locker room. While that created optimism that the receiver's injury might not be serious, that no longer appears to be the case. The team and player await MRI results to confirm the ligament tear.
Without Nelson, the Packers must turn to Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and rookie Ty Montgomery to fill the void. Cobb earned his first Pro Bowl nod last season, and both Adams and Montgomery have received considerable praise for their work during training camp. While the receiving corps remains one of the league's best, no team can easily replace a wideout of Nelson's caliber.
Nelson enjoyed the best season of his career in 2014, catching 98 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. For his efforts, the receiver earned Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro recognition.