On Monday, the Packers and their fans got the news we were all expecting - confirmation that Jordy Nelson is indeed going to miss the whole 2015 season.
There has been an outpouring of support for Nelson from Packers fans on social media, of course, and Nelson responded graciously on his Facebook page:
Now, as unfortunate as it is, it's time to move on, as the Packers take the field again today for their first of two open practices this week. The team has just five days until their third preseason game, on Saturday against the Eagles, and the starting offense is likely to see more substantial playing time this weekend.
In the meantime, here are some breakdowns of how the Packers can adjust to Nelson's injury, with a focus today being placed on Eddie Lacy and the running game.
Packers have plenty of options at receiver | JSOnline.com
With Davante Adams being called one of the "two best contact catchers" in the 2014 draft and skill sets from Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery that can be put to use in creative ways, the options are there. Our Paul Noonan said much the same yesterday. Let's not forget about the tight ends either, as Richard Rodgers looks to be on the verge of a major step forward as well.
Damarious Randall shows up right away | Packers.com
Each of the three Packers rookie cornerbacks have made impact plays in the first two preseason games. We'll have to keep watching over the next two weeks to see which of the group truly separates himself from the pack.
Kuhn sparks offense as blocker | Packersnews.com
One way the Packers can adjust to Nelson's absence is using two-back sets more often, something which is rarer in the team's current offense. Kuhn may be the key, as he is a better run-blocker than any of the Packers' tight ends and can help even the odds for Eddie Lacy against opposing defenses.
Eddie Lacy, James Starks allow Green Bay Packers to run more | ESPN.com
Here's a somewhat crazy stat - Lacy and Starks have combined for over 3,000 rushing yards in the past two years, and the backup, Starks, has more than 800 of those yards. That makes them the only tandem to do so in the NFL these last two seasons.
Lions' Quin: 'God meant for Jordy to get hurt' | ESPN Wisconsin
Suffice it to say that Aaron Rodgers, a devout Christian but one who keeps his beliefs largely private, doesn't agree.
NFL should deep-six the preseason - Cincy Jungle
Our sister blog makes the case that the preseason should go away entirely, or at least keep the star players off the field and lose the exorbitant, regular-season-level ticket prices.
Dear Cris Carter, No More. | Cheesehead TV
Amen. Clearly, Cris Carter's public comments conflict with the advice he is giving players privately, and it certainly appears that he thinks getting around trouble you cause is more important than taking responsibility for it yourself.