The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers could both be on the search for a replacement for a big time player this week as their Preseason Week 2 contest took its toll. The Packers appear to have lost wide receiver Jordy Nelson to an ACL tear, while the Steelers will be dealing with the loss of center Maurkice Pouncey, who will need surgery.
The initial diagnosis on #Packers WR Jordy Nelson is a torn ACL, source said. Horrible news. Awaiting MRI results to confirm.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2015
The Miami Dolphins do not face the Packers this year, instead facing the NFC East on the league's divisional rotation, so the biggest impact of Nelson's injury for Miami fans is likely a fantasy football issue. Though, it does raise an interesting question about the possibility that Green Bay could make a play for free agent wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who is in New England for a physical today with the Patriots. If the Packers were able to steal Wayne from the Patriots, that could be a bonus for the Dolphins.
Mike Tomlin said Steelers' C Maurkice Pouncey needs ankle surgery but did not say how long he could be sidelined.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2015
Pouncey's injury of course hits the Dolphins in terms of it being an injury to Miami center Mike Pouncey's twin brother. It also could impact the AFC Playoff picture, especially if backup center Cody Wallace is not able to protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Pittsburgh also saw injuries to defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt (ankle) and backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (hand), while the Packers also had guard T.J. Lang leave the game with an injury.
It was an ugly game for both teams.