Nelson stands alone in the 1,000-yard club

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The possibility of having three 1,000-yard receivers seemed realistic for the Green Bay Packers a month into the season, but injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones wrecked that.

That left Jordy Nelson as the lone hope.

And with the third of his four catches in Sunday’s 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field, Nelson hit the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. With 85 yards against the Falcons, Nelson ran his season total to 1,046 yards.

With three games remaining, Nelson has a chance to better his previous career high of 1,263 yards from the 2011 season. He is on pace for 1,287 yards.

What’s more, with his 46-yard catch on Sunday, he now has 15 catches of 25 or more yards this season, which is one short of the most by a Packers receiver in a season since 1994. Greg Jennings and had 16 such receptions in 2010, and Nelson did the same in 2011.

As for Cobb and Jones, their bids for 1,000-yard seasons were derailed early on. Both were injured against the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 13, when Cobb sustained a fractured tibia and Jones sprained his knee.

Even though neither finished that game, they both were still on pace for 1,000-yard seasons – Cobb for 1,209 and Jones for 1,116 – when they left Baltimore.

But Cobb has yet to return from his injury. He is eligible to come off the injured reserve/designated to return list this week, although as of late last week he still had not been cleared to run.

Jones missed only two games but has struggled to regain his form. He has 643 yards and would need to average 119 games per game over the final three games to join Nelson in the 1,000-yard club.