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Jordy Nelson Activated: Packers receiver passes physical and comes off PUP list

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Aaron Rodgers' favorite receiver is finally ready to practice.

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The Green Bay Packers got some terrific and long-awaited news on Wednesday, the eve of the team's second preseason game. According to the NFL's official transaction wire, the Packers activated wide receiver Jordy Nelson from the Physically Unable to Perform list, making him eligible to begin practicing and participating in preseason games.

This was the final step in the return to action for Nelson, who tore his ACL in the second game of the 2015 preseason (in Pittsburgh). He indicated that the knee that landed him on the PUP list to start 2016 was not the one with the repaired ligament, however, but instead was the other knee which was worked too hard during rehab.

In any case, Nelson's activation means that he has finally fully passed his physical exams and should mean that he will be able to practice e without restriction moving forward.

It is virtually assured that Nelson will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, but if he can practice fully over the coming week a return during the team's next game, a week from Friday in San Francisco, seems very reasonable.