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Jordy Nelson remains 'long shot' to play in NFC Championship Game

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The Packers might have to make it to the Super Bowl for Jordy Nelson to play again this season.

Divisional Round - Green Bay Packers v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

A rib injury kept Jordy Nelson out of the Green Bay Packers' 34-31 divisional-round victory over the Dallas Cowboys. That same injury looks likely to keep the Pro Bowl receiver sidelined this weekend in the NFC Championship Game, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

Nelson reportedly suffered multiple fractured ribs during the first half of Green Bay's playoff opener after absorbing a blow from New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall in the midsection. The receiver almost immediately went to the locker room on the cart and never returned. The Packers expressed optimism that he could return this past weekend against the Cowboys but ultimately ruled Nelson out two days before the game.

This week, head coach Mike McCarthy said only that he did not know whether Nelson could participate in Wednesday's practice but did mention that the wideout complete the rehab workout Monday, calling it a "good sign."

The Packers play the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC title Sunday at 2:05 p.m. CT.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. He covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.