Every year, the Green Bay Packers' charity softball game is a highlight of the team's offseason. It has survived the retirement of its original namesake, Donald Driver, and now lives on with Jordy Nelson lending his name, image, and personality to the contest.
However, with Nelson still working back slowly from the torn ACL he suffered last preseason and being on a schedule to wait to return fully until training camp, it would be reasonable for a fan to think that he might not be picking up a bat on Sunday, June 12th for the game.
Thankfully, Nelson put any doubts about his availability for the game to rest on Monday after practice:
Jordy Nelson on whether he'll play in his charity softball game Sunday: "I've not been told not to do it, so we'll be out there." #Packers— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) June 6, 2016
That double negative is proof positive that Nelson will lace up the baseball cleats at the end of the week.
This is great news for fans who expected to see Nelson play when they bought tickets over the winter. He should join a full roster of teammates from both the Packers' offense and defense for the game, which begins at 1:05 PM Central. Last year, the roster was not released until a few days prior to the game, so keep an eye out for the fill list of players participating later this week.