But Nelson's defense of McKenzie was most surprising in that he's one of the more quiet and one of the least controversial players on the team. Nelson is the perfect Packer in so many ways, but his conservative, even-keeled approach is chief among them. Seeing him take to Twitter to passionately defend McKenzie was a surprise to many.
Nelson never named Bennett in his Twitter message but did make sure to take care of his own, writing: “Dr. McKenzie is very cautious about putting players on the field with an injury and always puts the player’s health before the team.”
For Nelson, he felt it was his duty to perhaps do something a bit outside of his comfort zone to make people hear what he believes is the truth of the matter.
"When it's the right thing to do, it's the right thing to do," he explained after Sunday's Packers win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. "Our doctors and trainers are some of the best in the NFL. They're the only ones I've been around, but they do a great job.
"So for someone to say that our doctors try to throw someone out there when they're too injured to play is not true. He's a very conservative doctor — almost to a fault. We [players] don't like it. That's just what I wanted to express."