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Jordy Nelson out for rest of camp after knee surgery, as hits keep on coming for Packers

Now, Rodgers' top receiver is out for the rest of training camp, with hopes he can return by Week 1.

Jordy Nelson, coming off an injury-plagued season, had surgery on his knee and will miss at least the rest of training camp.

Somewhere, Greg Jennings just chuckled.

The Packers didn't resign Jennings, who signed with Minnesota this offseason. Part of the reason the Packers felt comfortable without Jennings was their depth at receiver, which doesn't look quite as great without Nelson. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport explained that the surgery was to relieve a nerve issue in his knee he has dealt with since college. Another key receiver, Randall Cobb, dropped out of Tuesday's practice with a biceps injury, although the injury doesn't seem serious.

The announcement on Nelson came after a practice in which rookie fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari played with the first-team offense at left tackle, because projected starter Bryan Bulaga has a torn ACL. Bakhtiari has drawn positive reviews in camp, but he's still a fourth-round rookie protecting Rodgers.

However, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice that Bulaga hasn't ruled out trying to play through the injury, which would be quite a story.

Nelson had 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns two years ago and was in line to produce a huge season as Rodgers' top target. He still might put up big numbers, but a knee surgery during camp is not anything he or the Packers wanted to deal with. Now the team has to hope he recovers and can play Week 1 at San Francisco.

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