With the end of the lockout looking close at hand, Jordy Nelson is definitely ready for some football.
"Yeah, it's time to get going," the Packers' fourth-year wideout told PFW shortly after finishing off a Friday-morning golf game. "I think a lot of guys have actually enjoyed taking the time off (due to the lockout), since we played so long into February, and it's been nice to have had some extra time at home. But it's reached a point where things need to start back up again, and I'm looking forward to it."
Nelson sent uncomfortable chills through a lot of Packers fans' spines when he showed up at the team's gala post-Super Bowl celebration in frigid Lambeau Field on crutches — hot on the heels of an eye-popping 140-yard, one-TD performance in Green Bay's Super Bowl victory over the Steelers.
As it turned out, Nelson ruptured the bursa sac in his knee in that game, but he said he has been fully recovered for "a few months now."
"I haven't had any problems with the knee at all," Nelson said. "I just kept playing (in the Super Bowl), not knowing that something might be wrong, and it just swelled up real bad. But I'm OK now."
As has been the case with most of his teammates, Nelson has been working out on his own at home (in Kansas) during the lockout.
"As late as we ended up playing last season, our leaders decided we really didn't need to get together," Nelson said. "We still have plenty of time to get our timing back in training camp."
One change Nelson and his fellow Green Bay receivers must adapt to is a new position coach, as Edgar Bennett, who was formerly the team's RB coach, takes over for the departed Jimmy Robinson.
"It will be a little different," Nelson said. "I talked to him (Bennett) a little back in April, and he said he was just going to grind away. We will learn from him, and he will learn from us. We already have great leaders in Greg (Jennings) and Donald (Driver), and we're all very hard on each other."
Nelson downplayed the perception by some league observers that there might not be enough balls to go around in the Packers' passing offense with a healthy Jermichael Finley back in the mix.
"I think it's a good problem to have," Nelson said. "That's why (QB) Aaron (Rodgers) gets paid the big bucks."