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Nelson still not feeling 'normal' after ACL injury

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Packers star wide receiver Jordy Nelson is on a pace to score 14 touchdowns this season, yet he still isn't fully comfortable after last season's ACL surgery.

"I think it's more just your body getting back to normal overall," Nelson said (via ESPN). "If you take a year off from the game, the grind of the season, the recovery every week, all that I think is more part of it than the actual knee, I would assume."

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Nelson has 38 receptions for 509 yards and seven touchdowns through eight games, but he has lost a lot of the speed that made him dangerous before the injury. Now 31 years old, Nelson may never get it all back.

Even without his trademark speed, Nelson is giving opposing wide receivers fits in the red zone because of his size (6-3, 217 pounds) and crisp route-running. Athletes often perform better two years after ACL surgery, something about which Nelson is optimistic.

"Yeah, and until you experience it you probably don't know," Nelson said while assessing his comeback. "Hopefully we're having that conversation next year."

The Packers head to Nashville on Sunday to play the Titans, and Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey is leery of Nelson even if his speed is diminished.

"Still playing at a high level, still can't let him get behind you," Mularkey said. "Big, fast receiver that obviously there's a huge trust factor that they (Nelson and Aaron Rodgers) have over their career, the two of them. You know, tough to defend."

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Nelson has gone for more than 90 yards with a touchdown in his last two games. He has either caught a touchdown pass or gone for more than 65 yards receiving in all but one game this season. 

"It's really trust," Rodgers said. "It's based on a lot of reps over the years in game situations and then a lot of things we've done in practice and talk about. We just have a lot of faith in each other where, if he gets to a spot the ball's going to be where it needs to be."