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Luke Getsy praised his blocking earlier this year. Mike McCarthy called him “the ultimate pro” this week.

Those are the kinds of things coaches say about a receiver when his best days are behind him.

So if the best thing Jordy Nelson’s receivers coach could come up with was his ability to block, and his head coach chose to praise his work ethic, what does that say about Nelson’s future with the Green Bay Packers — or at least his future as one of their $10-million-a-year receivers?

For years, Nelson was viewed as a bargain — both after he signed a three-year, $12.6 million contract extension in 2011 and then again after a four-year, $39 million deal in 2014. He’s had four 1,000-yard seasons and three with 85 or more catches, including two years with at least 97 catches.

That no longer looks like the case.

He’s due to make $10.25 million in salary and bonuses next season in the final year of the deal that still has him ranked as the 15th-highest paid receiver in the league based on average per year.

With fellow Packers receiver Randall Cobb also in the $10 million range (at $9.5 million next season) and Davante Adams expected to command even more than that as a pending free agent, it’s difficult to see how the Packers can keep all three around at those prices.

Perhaps it’s Cobb who would have to restructure his deal or be released, but he’s more than five years younger than Nelson, who will turn 33 in May.

So at this point, all eyes are on Nelson, who might not even play Sunday in the season finale at Detroit because of the shoulder injury he sustained last week against the Vikings.

Even Nelson admitted this week that he’s not sure what his future holds with the only NFL team he’s ever played for, the one that picked him in the second round of the 2008 draft and the one for which he and Aaron Rodgers have the franchise record for most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver combination — a total that reached 65 with Nelson’s six touchdowns this season before Rodgers broke his collarbone on Oct. 15.

“That’s not [a question] for me,” Nelson said. “I’m not worried about that right now.”

After the fast start this season, Nelson’s production plummeted. He didn’t catch a single touchdown pass in the eight games that Brett Hundley started. Anyone who thought it would automatically return when Rodgers came back in Week 15 at Carolina need only look at Nelson’s numbers from that game, too: three catches for 28 yards. That’s on par with Nelson’s season averages of 3.5 catches per game for 32.1 yards.

Nelson looks like he’ll finish with his fewest catches (53) since 2012, when he missed four games, with the fewest yards (482) and fewest touchdowns (six) since 2010.

“I’ve never put anything in my career on numbers,” Nelson said. “That doesn’t change if it’s a bad season or a good season.”

When asked if he’d call this a good season or a bad season, Nelson said: “I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it too much. Obviously we’ve been in it week in and week out, so that’s something that you’ll think about after the season’s over.”

Nelson also said he hasn’t thought about what might happen if the Packers ask him to take a pay cut or restructure his deal.

“That would be a discussion we’d have if it happens,” Nelson said.

Hundley said he “couldn’t put a finger on it,” when asked this week why he hasn’t been able to get the ball to Nelson as much and in as many playmaking positions as he has with, say, Adams, who has flourished despite the change in quarterbacks. Nelson has averaged just 7.1 yards per catch from Hundley but 11.7 with Rodgers this season.

It was during Hundley’s long stretch as a starter that Getsy took to praising Nelson for his blocking.

“He’s been outstanding,” Getsy said. “He really is. There’s never been a blink of an eye. It really hasn’t. We’ve got to find a way to win games, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to do that.”

But it doesn’t change the fact that Nelson is having one of his least productive seasons or the fact that Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged for the first time last week that Adams — not Nelson — is the Packers’ “best perimeter player.”

“Jordy’s the ultimate pro, he’s the ultimate teammate,” McCarthy said. “So he hasn’t [changed] at all, from my perspective. He’s the same guy every day. I understand what numbers say, but it’s about opportunities and being in rhythm. So I mean, if you look at some of the production even with the younger players in the Minnesota game, I don’t think it’s a surprise you see Brett, he throws to Trevor [Davis] more, he throws to Michael Clark more, just because that’s who he’s been practicing with.

“But Jordy, he’s going through a tough week with the shoulder, but like he always does, he shows up every day and he’ll do everything he can to get out there Sunday.”

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The Green Bay Packers’ season was on the line, much like it is right now, and no one knew what to expect from Aaron Rodgers when he returned from his broken collarbone.

“I’m sure if I miss a pass, that’s going to be because I’m rusty,” Rodgers said at the time. “Or if I hit one, then it’s going to be a big deal or something.”

That was nearly four years ago, and it’s relevant today because for the second time in his career, Rodgers is back from an extended absence because of a busted clavicle. Last time, it was his left and he waited seven games for it to heal sufficiently enough for the Packers to clear him. This time, it was to his throwing side, and he underwent surgery to stabilize it with plates and screws nearly two months ago.

Still, there’s reason to think his return this Sunday at Carolina could look similar to his first game back from his 2013 collarbone injury. It was the final day of the regular season, and it was a typical cold (26 degrees), windy (16 miles per hour) afternoon at Soldier Field in Chicago with the NFC North title on the line.

This time, there are three games remaining, but the Packers (7-6) are in a similar must-win situation to stay alive for a playoff spot.

Everyone remembers how things ended on Dec. 29, 2013, when Rodgers won the game with a 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the final minute, but a film review of every pass and every dropback showed that Rodgers was a combination of conservative yet spectacular when necessary.

His stats looked like this: 25-of-39 passing for 318 yards with 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and 3 sacks.

But they only tell part of the story.

The film tells the rest.

The ‘big deal or something’ plays

Packers coach Mike McCarthy did a masterful job of calling plays designed to help Rodgers rediscover the timing with his receivers and minimize the chances of his quarterback getting hit.

After a toss play to Eddie Lacy on the Packers’ first offensive snap of the game, Rodgers went to work with several short passes. He hit receiver Jarrett Boykin for a 5-yard gain. He followed that with another short pass to tight end Andrew Quarless for a first down.

Then, he got Jordy Nelson involved. That season, Nelson caught seven touchdowns in the first seven games before Rodgers got hurt. He caught only one after that. It was much the same this time around — Nelson led the league with six touchdowns through five games but hasn’t caught one since Brett Hundley took over. Rodgers easily reconnected with Nelson, who had 10 catches for 161 yards in that regular-season finale at Chicago.

Then there was Cobb, who had missed the previous 10 games because of a broken leg. His return also helped Rodgers. Although he had only two catches for 55 yards, both were touchdowns. The first was one of the few plays Rodgers went on the move. He stepped to his left and bought time for Cobb to run an out-and-in route for a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter. By that time, Rodgers had completed passes to seven different players.

While Rodgers didn’t go deep often, he hit on four downfield throws — a 32-yarder to Nelson that traveled 28 yards in the air, a 26-yarder to Nelson that went 24 yards in the air, a 22-yarder to Quarless that went 25 yards in the air, and the game-winning bomb to Cobb.

Rodgers scrambled just once, for 5 yards, but waited until the game-winning drive to do it.

He also made sure he went down before he took any big hits. In fact, on his first sack, he wasn’t even hit. He went to the ground as he could see it coming. He then gave Lance Briggs a sack in the first quarter by taking a dive before Briggs could hit him. However, Shea McClellin, the player who hit Rodgers earlier that year to break his collarbone, was penalized for piling on late. Rodgers’ third sack actually worked out in the Packers’ favor because when Julius Peppers forced Rodgers to fumble, just about everyone thought it was an incomplete pass. But after a few seconds, Boykin, at the urging of those on the Packers’ sideline, picked up the stationary ball and ran it into the end zone for an unlikely touchdown.

The ‘rusty’ plays

Rodgers had thrown just four interceptions in eight games before his injury, so it was surprising to see him throw two — both in the first half — in his return.

The first one came at the end of a 14-play drive, and it was just his fourth career red zone interception to that point. Chalk that one up to a bad decision, something Rodgers almost never makes. Rodgers was flushed out of the pocket and tried to throw for Boykin in the end zone but apparently never saw safety Chris Conte.

The other one went off the hands of Nelson, but it’s hard to call it a drop because Rodgers threw the slant high and behind Nelson.

This season, Rodgers comes back with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions in the five-plus games he appeared in.

Of Rodgers’ 14 incompletions that day, seven could have been considered either bad throws or bad decisions. On one of them, he wasn’t expecting center Evan Dietrich-Smith’s shotgun snap and was lucky that the ball hit in a spot where he could grab it, but the timing of the play was off from the start. He also threw three balls away, had two others dropped and two broken up.

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The Wildcat formation was a couple of weeks in the making, but Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb had angled for it his whole NFL career.

“I’ve been waiting on it for seven years,” Cobb said. “It was fun to be back there a little bit.”

It might be seven more before the former University of Kentucky quarterback gets another chance to take a direct snap. He did it three times in Sunday against the Bears and the results were underwhelming — runs for minus-1, 6 and 3 yards.

“We’ve got some work to do with that,” Cobb said. “We didn’t line up correctly a couple times. We didn’t execute the play like we wanted to a couple times. So if we’re going to continue to do that, then we’ve got to clean it up a little bit.”

It’s something coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett put into the plan after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone last month. They finally decided to give it a try against the Bears.

“I love it,” Cobb said. “That’s all I did in college, so that’s right up my arsenal.”

Maybe they should just let Cobb throw it. He’s attempted one pass in his NFL career — an incompletion. He played a hybrid role of quarterback-receiver at Kentucky. He threw five career touchdown passes (and five interceptions).

“We did the Wildcat; that was like 40 percent of our offensive production,” Cobb said.

Cobb had one other run on a traditional toss play from quarterback Brett Hundley and totaled just 8 yards rushing on four attempts. His biggest impact against the Bears came as a receiver with three catches for 52 yards, including a 38-yard catch-and-run to convert a third-and-5 on the first drive of the game, which resulted in a field goal.

“Randall by far is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around,” Bennett said. “He’s sharp … He has a great awareness, his knowledge of the game, his preparation is off the charts. He does an outstanding job. And then you go back and look at that very first third-down conversion: He goes, runs a good route, breaks a tackle.

“And that’s what we’ve always been talking about as far as breaking tackles creates a big-play opportunity. You break a tackle and it ends up with a [38-yard] gain. That’s what it’s about. Tremendous versatility … put the ball in guys like that hands and good things happen.”

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Mike Daniels all appear to have avoided season-ending injuries after dropping out of Sunday night’s loss at the Atlanta Falcons, but all three Green Bay Packers playmakers likely will need all week to determine whether they can play against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Coach Mike McCarthy refused to give any injury details on specific players during a news conference Monday night.

“I don’t have anything for you on any of the players,” McCarthy said. “We’re still working through it. We got back at 3 a.m., so we had a lot of work to do.”

When asked whether he was concerned any of the injuries were season-ending, McCarthy said: “I don’t think I’ll be reporting on season-ending injuries, no.”

Nelson left during the Packers’ first drive because of a quad injury to his right leg and did not re-enter the game despite going through treatment and riding an exercise bike on the sideline. It’s the same leg that Nelson hurt in the 2015 preseason, when he tore his ACL and missed the entire season. This, however, is a soft-tissue injury.

So is Daniels’ ailment. The defensive tackle pulled his hamstring in the first quarter and also could not return.

Cobb sustained a shoulder injury early against the Falcons yet stayed in the game until he aggravated it in the fourth quarter. Cobb said it’s nothing like the right shoulder injury he suffered in the 2015 preseason, an injury that bothered him most of the season.

“I’ll be all right,” Cobb said as he walked out of the locker room in Atlanta on Sunday night.

The Packers had multiple soft-tissue injuries during the game. Cornerback Davon House (quad) and safety Kentrell Brice (groin) couldn’t finish the game, while guard Jahri Evans (groin) played through his injury.

McCarthy said at one point he looked at his bench and saw as many as 10 players either injured or getting treatment.

“Hopefully that’s our one game for this year,” McCarthy said of the injuries.

The Packers also were without their two starting offensive tackles, Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and David Bakhtiari (hamstring). The pair of veterans who have combined for 138 career regular-season starts were replaced by Kyle Murphy and Justin McCray, who previously had combined for one career start. They held up OK but were aided by a short passing game that prevented Aaron Rodgers from doing much in the vertical passing game.

Bakhtiari tested his injury before the game and said he likely will follow the same plan this week.

“We were just being smart,” he said. “It’s a decision that we thought was best for the team going into the game.”