Although the big news out of Canton this evening was the cancellation of Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game due to issues with the field conditions, there was one other significant piece of information that slipped out tonight. That item revolves around a pair of Green Bay Packers who are currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list - wide receiver Jordy Nelson and tight end Jared Cook - and it actually came out of the mouth of his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers was interviewed this evening on ESPN during the scheduled game telecast, and relayed his hope for the return timeline for his favorite receiver and his newest one:
Aaron Rodgers to @espn: “We’d love to get Jared (Cook) and Jordy (Nelson) back next week, hopefully.” #Packers— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) August 8, 2016
Is that this upcoming week, or the week after the Packers’ next preseason game on Friday evening? We’re not sure, but either way that timeline would leave the two players with at least three weeks of practice and three games to get in shape for the regular season.
Although Rodgers should not need much time to regain his chemistry with Nelson, it would be beneficial to have as much time as possible with Cook to develop a connection. The two had just a brief time to work with one another in OTAs, as Cook had foot surgery just a week into spring practices.
If this timeline holds up, the Packers and their receiving corps should be well on their way to a successful start to 2016.