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Jordy Nelson out Sunday vs. Cowboys

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson will not play in Sunday’s divisional-round matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, coach Mike McCarthy said.

McCarthy said Friday that team doctors would not clear Nelson to practice.

Nelson spent one night in a Green Bay hospital for observation after he took a hard shot to the ribs from New York Giants safety Leon Hall in the second quarter of the Packers’ 38-13 wild-card victory. Nelson was immediately doubled over in pain after the hit and had to be taken to the locker room on a cart.

The NFL said Friday that Hall was not fined for the hit.

McCarthy had hoped that Nelson would be able to practice Saturday, but after further evaluation, team physicians Dr. Pat McKenzie and Dr. John Gray would not let Nelson back on the field this week.

Even though he won’t play Sunday, Nelson will travel with the team to Dallas, McCarthy said.

Asked if Nelson could play in the NFC Championship Game if the Packers move on, McCarthy said: “We’ll re-evaluate Monday. He’s actually in the training room now, going through a workout.”

A source told ESPN that Nelson avoided a major internal injury, which is why he is being allowed to travel this week and has a chance to play next week if the Packers advance.

Earlier this week, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he felt better about the Packers’ offense without Nelson than he did last year, when his No. 1 receiver missed the entire season because of a torn ACL and the offense struggled.

“Obviously we feel better with 87 in the lineup,” Rodgers said. “He’s a classy guy and a great teammate. I was with him [Monday and Tuesday] night. He’s staying positive, and he’s hopeful. We’re going to try to get this one and hopefully get him back if he can’t play this week.”

Geronimo Allison likely will move into the Packers’ three-receiver set along with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb just like Allison did for the final two regular-season games when Cobb was sidelined with an ankle injury. In those two games, Allison caught eight passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.

“You just tilt opportunities the other way,” McCarthy said Friday. “That’s the way you always have to approach these types of situations, any time you have a player of his magnitude that’s not available. That’s all part of developing a game plan. You have to do that in the early stages of the week. We anticipated potentially not having him this week. So we’ll be prepared for that.”

Nelson was the Packers’ leader in receptions (97), receiving yards (1,257) and touchdowns (14) this season.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson spent night in hospital; status iffy

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson spent Sunday night in the hospital with what a source characterized to ESPN’s Adam Schefter as a significant rib injury suffered in Green Bay’s wild-card win over the New York Giants.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson was back at the team’s facility Monday, but won’t try to practice until Saturday.

“If he doesn’t practice Saturday, then he won’t play in the game,” McCarthy said of Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff matchup with the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys.

Nelson was at Lambeau Field on Monday for medical treatment, but McCarthy would not say whether his No. 1 receiver sustained any internal injuries.

“Jordy Nelson has a rib injury,” McCarthy said. “Talking with the medical staff, he’s going to be in the rehab group through Friday. And then Saturday, if he can practice, then he may have a chance. But we’re not going to do anything until Saturday. I’ll probably know more about where Jordy stands come Friday.”

The Packers will follow their normal practice schedule of on-field work Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday before departing for Dallas. They treat Friday as a rest and treatment day.

Nelson took a shot to his side from Giants safety Leon Hall after dropping a pass along the sideline. Nelson was doubled over in front of the Packers’ bench before he was finally helped up and took a seat. Shortly thereafter, he was taken to the locker room for further examination.

His return was initially listed as questionable, but the Packers ruled him out shortly after halftime. Nelson had one catch for 13 yards before he departed.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Sunday that “it would be a huge loss for us” if Nelson were unable to play against the Cowboys.

“But Geronimo [Allison] has been playing a lot for us and he’s been playing effectively,” Rodgers said. “Randall [Cobb] being back healthy — you know I said this week in my press conference we’re better with 18 [Cobb's jersey number] on the field. And he showed it tonight, made a ton of plays for us. He was excellent. And having him out there is going to help. But you know Geronimo is going to have to step up and play extended time if Jordy is going to be out.”

Nelson caught 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns in the regular season after missing all of 2015 because of a torn ACL in his right knee.

McCarthy said the team received good news on running back Ty Montgomery and linebacker Blake Martinez. Montgomery sustained a lower leg injury in the second half against the Giants but returned to the game and is expected to practice Wednesday. Martinez couldn’t finish Sunday’s game because of a knee injury, but McCarthy said “we got good news on Blake, so I’m hopeful that he may practice this week.”