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