Starter Pack: Jordy Nelson's sick game

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A hearty Happy New Year to all, and hope no one is feeling too, um, sick this morning.

Speaking of being sick, you would have never known it from his performance, but Packers receiver Jordy Nelson apparently had an upset stomach on Sunday during the 33-28 win over the Chicago Bears that sent the Packers to the playoffs.

Nelson caught a career-high 10 passes for 161 yards in the game at Soldier Field.

“He was throwing up on the bus afterwards,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show. “It was kind of gross.”

Nelson made no mention of it after the game. In fact, one of the things he talked about was how pleased he was that he made it through all 16 games without any health problems after missing four games last season because of a hamstring injury.

In playing 96.5 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps this season, Nelson led the team and established career highs for catches (85) and receiving yards (1,314).

“It’s been great just to play every game,” Nelson said after the regular-season finale. “The numbers will happen if you get to play 16 of them. Last year was a struggle for multiple reasons, I’ve never experienced that. This year has been great. I’ve been healthy, haven’t missed anything and knock on wood hopefully it stays that way. It’s been fun. It’s been up and down, though, but it’s been fun and it makes it that much more enjoyable now that we made the playoffs.”

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:

  • The Packers still had 11,000 unsold tickets for Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. They weren’t the only team with tickets still available for this weekend, but they were the most surprising one given their history of sellouts and their lengthy season-ticket waiting list.

  • Rodgers made it through the Bears game – his first since he broke his collarbone on Nov. 4 – without any problem, but it was a freak fall last week while shoveling his driveway that convinced him he would be OK.

  • On his radio show, Rodgers also addressed what he called “crazy rumors” about his personal life.

  • The Packers’ Super Bowl odds increased significantly when Rodgers returned from his injury and beat the Bears.

  • See where the Packers finished in the final ESPN Power Rankings of the regular season.

  • An analysis of the individual snap counts from Sunday’s game against the Bears can be found in the weekly playing-time breakdown.

  • ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson and I previewed Sunday’s game in video form.

  • Also, the Packers made one roster move, signing guard Lanier Coleman to the practice squad. He took the spot that previously belonged to cornerback Jumal Rolle, who was promoted to the active roster last week. The 6-foot-4, 322-pound Coleman is technically a rookie but he left Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009. Before going to training camp with the New York Jets this past summer, he was working as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of California. According to his Jets bio, he was 27 years old during training camp this past summer.


  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, you can listen to Rodgers’ radio show in its entirety. For those keeping track at home, it was the longest show of the season, at 49 minutes, 29 seconds.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote about the challenges that the Colin Kaepernick-led 49ers offense presents for defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Silverstein wrote that the Packers’ poor special-teams coverage units could be problematic in the postseason.