Packers say Jordy Nelson 'ahead of schedule' on ACL recovery

"They have thresholds they try to cross each and every time, and he's never been behind on anything," Mike McCarthy said of Jordy Nelson, above. "He's pushing it, and he looks great." Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Jordy Nelson told ESPN.com's Jim Trotter last week that he hasn't been allowed to run routes yet, but that doesn't mean the Pro Bowl receiver is behind schedule in his recovery from an ACL tear last August.

In fact, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy reiterated Wednesday at the NFL annual meetings that Nelson's rehabilitation continues to go off without any setbacks.

"I know he's running," McCarthy said. "He's ahead of schedule. He's pushing it. They have thresholds they try to cross each and every time, and he's never been behind on anything. He's pushing it, and he looks great."

McCarthy said Nelson has been part of a regular group of players who have been working out this offseason at Lambeau Field. The group includes receiver Ty Montgomery, defensive tackle Letroy Guion and defensive end Mike Daniels.

At the combine last month, McCarthy said he thought Nelson might be able to do some on-field work in organized team activities and should be cleared to practice before training camp starts. Nothing appears to have changed on that front. Like Nelson, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had not complications from his postseason knee surgery, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Montgomery also is coming off an injury and subsequent surgery on his ankle. Montgomery, who was limited to just six games last season, was able to walk without a boot last week for the first time since the surgery.

Brett Goode, the long snapper who tore his ACL in December, had been working out at facility until earlier this month. Because he's a free agent without a contract, he's no longer allowed to rehab at the facility. However, McCarthy said Goode remains in Green Bay and is working out at a local medical/training center and it appears the Packers are keeping close tabs on his situation.

In other injury news, McCarthy said guard T.J. Lang, who underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, likely would be held out of offseason practices until training camp.