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NFL: Initial diagnosis on Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is torn ACL

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PITTSBURGH — The NFL said on Twitter Sunday, August 23rd an initial diagnosis on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is a torn ACL (left knee).

Jordy Nelson went down early in the Packers pre-season game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers — after his second catch of a drive. He fell to the ground when he tried to cut after making an eight-yard reception on Green Bay’s opening drive. He appeared to have plenty of room to run when defensive back Antwon Blake slipped, but instead Nelson tumbled to the turf. He limped off the field, and then headed to the Packers locker room.

FOX6’s Tom Pipines says if Nelson does, indeed have a torn ACL — it is likely a season-ending injury.

The Packers have not confirmed a torn ACL for Nelson. He’ll have an MRI on Monday.

Nelson caught a career-high 98 passes in 2014, while making the Pro Bowl for the first time.

“I mean, Jordy Nelson is a, you know, a key member of our football program — both on the field and off the field. Probably more so off the field. I mean, Jordy is a great player. He’s tremendous in the locker room. He’s a tremendous family man,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.

“He’s a guy, if I ever had questions, I would always go to him. He’s very approachable and he works very hard in practice. So not only is he a leader by example, but he’s also a very approachable leader. A guy you can talk to,” Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery said.

CLICK HERE to learn more about ACL injuries via the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The Packers also lost starting guard T.J. Lang Sunday due to a concussion. And in the third quarter, Packers CB (and first round draft pick) Damarious Randall headed to the locker room on a cart. The Packers said Randall later came running out of the tunnel and was back on the sideline.

In a post-game press conference Sunday, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said QB Scott Tolzien was also being evaluated for a concussion.

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