Jordy Nelson’s production is missing from the Packers. Not his presence.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson, the former Kansas State star wide receiver who tore his ACL in the second preseason game and was lost for the season, is a constant presence with the team.
“He’s here every day, he goes to all the meetings,” McCarthy said. “He’s still a big part of our leadership group here.”
The Packers play the Chiefs at Lambeau Field on Monday.
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Nelson was coming off a career season, a personal-best 98 receptions and team-record 1,519 yards and he was selected to his first Pro Bowl.
In the preseason game against the Steelers, Nelson caught an 8-yard pass from Aaron Rogers and fell to the turf without contact.
“It was tough,” McCarthy said. “The whole sideline … it definitely affected our football team. There was a big hangover.”
Chiefs’ touch in Green Bay
McCarthy was a member of the Chiefs staff from 1993-98, serving the final four seasons as the quarterbacks coach, the years of Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac. It was his first pro stop after having served as a college assistant — getting his start as a Fort Hays State graduate assistant — and graduating from Baker University.
His Chiefs years are reflected in Green Bay, where McCarthy has been the head coach since 2006.
“Really, Marty Schottenheimer is a huge influence on our program here at Green Bay,” McCarthy said. “We do a lot of things systematically, scheduling, structure-wise that I learned from my time with Marty.”