Green Bay Packers Lift Restrictions On Aaron Rodgers And Jordy Nelson

Posted: Jul 31 2015, 7:00am CDT | by , in Latest Sports News

Green Bay Packers Lift Restrictions On Aaron Rodgers And Jordy Nelson
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  • The Green Bay Packers are not restricting Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson during training camp, per ESPN.

The Green Bay Packers lifted restrictions on quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson for this year's training camp. Rodgers sustained a broken collarbone injury in 2013 and a calf injury in Week 16 of the 2014 NFL season. Nelson is coming off offseason hip surgery.

It's all systems go for both Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said he is not restricting Rodgers during training camp. ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported the news on July 29.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback just went through two straight injury-plagued seasons.

McCarthy spoke about Rodgers' predicament on Thursday, per Demovsky:

"We're not counting throws all the time, and it's not a concern as it will be when he's later in his career. I mean, he's still very physically fit and so I don't feel like I need to protect him because of any type of elbow or shoulder issue, things like that.

"But we just work through it, communicate and see where he's at every day.

"I would say he's definitely not going to take more (snaps). It's a conversation. There's a point every year where the throwing might get a little too much and then we back off. You always have to push to that point."

Rodgers told Demovsky he has "zero" concerns about his calf injury. He sustained it during a Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rodgers' injured calf did not prevent him from playing in any games. However, it limited his practice time, per ESPN.

He also had to deal with a broken collarbone in the 2013 NFL season, per Demovsky.

Rodgers, Scott Tolzien, Brett Hundley and Matt Blanchard are the four quarterbacks in this year's training camp. Demovsky says Tolzien most likely will be Rodgers' main backup for the 2015 NFL season.

Tolzien will take over the Matt Flynn's previous spot in the Packers' rotation. Flynn now backs up Tom Brady with the New England Patriots.

As for Nelson, he passed his physical on Wednesday. He is now cleared to practice with the Packers, per a separate ESPN update.

Nelson missed organized team activities and minicamp practices. He was recovering from offseason hip surgery during this time, per Demovsky.

McCarthy said he was still unsure of Nelson's status for training camp on Wednesday. He discovered Nelson is no longer on the Packers' physically unable to perform list, per ESPN.

Nelson told Demovsky last month he wants to be ready when training camp starts.

"We're right where we want to be," Nelson said. "We set a plan at the beginning and we're hitting every target. We feel good and like I said a couple of weeks ago, we'll be ready to go by training camp."

Casey Hayward, Nick Perry, Jared Abbrederis, Don Barclay and Andy Mulumba also passed their physicals, per ESPN.

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