Nelson Thought he was Fine After Injury

Green Bay Press Gazette—August 25, 2015

The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson believed he was fine after he left Sunday's preseason game after falling on his knee. Instead, he tore his ACL and is done for the season.

Dr. Frank Cordasco, Sports Medicine Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, says there are three goals for a professional athlete undergoing ACL surgery. The first is knee stabilization. Then, physical therapy is targeted for the player to return to their sport, and finally to the level of production experienced pre-injury.

"I think I'd be more concerned about a rookie who hasn't played a game in the NFL," Dr. Cordasco said. "I wouldn't reject him based upon age alone. I think he has a decent chance of getting back to his prior level of sport. It's just not as predictable as we'd like it to be; it's not 100 percent. In general, I think it's somewhere between 60 and 80 percent (chance) of getting back to his prior level of success."

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