De­spite in­jury, Nel­son feels like cel­e­brat­ing

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A mi­nor back in­jury kept re­ceiver Jordy Nel­son off the field for the Green Bay Pack­ers’ win­ning drive in the fourth quar­ter against the Dal­las Cow­boys.

Nel­son was a full par­tic­i­pant when the Pack­ers re­turned to prac­tice on Wed­nes­day. The NFL leader with six touch­down catches said that there was noth­ing to worry about with the in­jury.

Nel­son watched from the side­line when Da­vante Adams caught a 12-yard scor­ing pass from Aaron Rodgers with 11 sec­onds left in the 35-31 vic­tory .

Maybe the Pack­ers’ re­ceivers will come up with a new way to cel­e­brate a score, be­cause the bob­sled team-like skit that they came up with against Dal­las on Sun­day was a hit on a so­cial me­dia.

It came af­ter the Pack­ers’ first score of the game, a 10-yard pass from Rodgers to Adams with 4:01 left in the first quar­ter to tie the game 7-7.

Nel­son, Adams and Cobb then lined up at the side of the end zone with the 5-foot-10 Cobb, the short­est of the three re­ceivers lined up in front of Adams and Nel­son bring­ing up the rear. They ran in place as if they were get­ting a head­start be­fore jump­ing as if they were get­ting into a bob­sled, then mov­ing their heads from side to side as if they were rac­ing down a track.

“I think it’s been great for the league to al­low us to go back to the group cel­e­bra­tions,” Nel­son said. “I think guys have got­ten cre­ative with it.”

Ho­gan takes over for Browns

Kevin Ho­gan was fourth on the depth chart in train­ing camp. He’s now Cleve­land’s start­ing quar­ter­back.

The for­mer Stan­ford star will re­place strug­gling rookie DeShone Kizer and start at Hous­ton, be­com­ing the 28th dif­fer­ent starter for the Browns since 1999. Ho­gan has come off the bench three times this sea­son and pro­duced points for the spi­ral­ing Browns (0-5), who are 1-20 in two sea­sons un­der coach Hue Jack­son.

Kizer has re­gressed in re­cent weeks, throw­ing in­ter­cep­tions and prompt­ing Jack­son to make the swap. The NFL’s youngest start­ing quar­ter­back, the 21-year-old Kizer leads the league with nine in­ter­cep­tions four in­side the red zone. .

Brady down­plays shoul­der in­jury

Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady told New Eng­land fans not to worry about his left shoul­der in­jury, even though it has kept him out of the team’s first two prac­tices this week.

Brady did not par­tic­i­pate in prac­tice on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to the team’s in­jury re­port, although he was spot­ted on the field dur­ing the por­tion that was open to re­porters. Brady was ab­sent from the open por­tion of prac­tice on Tues­day and re­port­edly re­ceived an MRI on his non­throw­ing shoul­der.

Brady said he would be on the field for Sun­day’s game against the New York Jets with first place in the AFC East on the line.

The 40-year-old Brady leads the NFL with 1,702 pass­ing yards.

MICHAEL AINSWORTH — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pack­ers re­ceiver Jordy Nel­son ex­pects to re­turn from a mi­nor back in­jury this week and per­haps par­tic­i­pate with team­mates in an­other chore­ographed touch­down cel­e­bra­tion.

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