The team placed the Pro Bowl receiver on the physically unable to perform list when players reported for the start of training camp. The transactions were turned into the NFL office at the close of business Monday.
It means Nelson won’t practice on Tuesday, when the Packers go through their first workout at 8:15 a.m. local time. They have non-padded practices scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday before their first full-pads practice on Thursday.
Coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t discuss Nelson’s status earlier during his news conference to open training earlier on Monday, but McCarthy hinted this offseason that there might be one player coming off an injury who isn’t cleared for the start of camp.
It turned out there were six: Nelson, tight end Jared Cook, receiver Ty Montgomery, guard T.J. Lang, center Corey Linsley and linebacker Sam Barrington. All six still count against the 90-man offseason roster limit and can be activated at any time during the preseason.
Cook, the Packers’ one significant free-agent signing this year, underwent foot surgery in June and missed the last few weeks of the offseason program. Montgomery had ankle surgery in December and last played in Week 6. Lang underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason, while Linsley sat out all the offseason practices but would not disclose the reason. Barrington hasn’t practiced since he broke his foot in last year’s regular-season opener.
With five preseason games in 2016 instead of the usual four (beginning with the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game), there's less urgency to rush back players coming off injury. Even healthy veteran players probably won't much play, if at all, in the first preseason game.
The Packers made two other roster moves on Monday. They released defensive end B.J. McBryde, who spent part of last season on the practice squad, and rookie running back Don Jackson with the non-football injury designation. It leaves Green Bay with 88 players on the roster.