Packers Roundup: Nelson expects to play Saturday nightWisconsin Sports
-- Packers’ receiver Jordy Nelson says he expects to play against Minnesota in Saturday night’s Wild Card matchup at Lambeau Field.
GREEN BAY - Packers’ receiver Jordy Nelson says he expects to play against Minnesota in Saturday night’s Wild Card matchup at Lambeau Field.
Nelson practiced on a limited basis yesterday, after suffering a knee injury in last Sunday’s loss in Minneapolis. Receiver Jarrett Boykin hurt an ankle last weekend. He did not practice yesterday, but coach Mike McCarthy said the injury was not as bad as originally thought. Rookie defensive end Jerel Worthy is out for the rest of the playoffs, after he hurt a knee at the Metrodome last Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers have been dominant at home – but not in the playoffs. The Packers have lost just two of their last 28 regular season games at Lambeau Field, and they have the most home victories in the NFL over the last three campaigns with 22. But the post-season is a different story. Last year’s 17-point loss to the New York Giants in the divisional round still leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of both the Packers and their fans. And the Pack has dropped three-of-its-last-four playoff contests on its home field, dating back to 2002 when they lost for the first time at home in the post-season to Atlanta. But Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy says there’s no place he’d rather play – and it’s still an advantage to play on the Packers’ home turf in front of their home crowd. Linebacker Clay Matthews said it was quite a shock getting used to the cold Januarys, after playing his college ball at Southern California. But he says he’d still rather be at home. Weather shouldn’t be too much of a factor on Saturday night, when the Pack hosts Minnesota in the Wild Card round. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures around 20-degrees.