The Green Bay Packers' special teams unit played a key part in their early struggles to begin the year. This group is finally showing signs of life, though, after some personnel changes and the elevation of Keisean Nixon to starting returner.
Unfortunately, Nixon missed practice again on Thursday, putting his Week 17 status in jeopardy.
Green Bay Packers Injury News
Nixon is currently nursing a groin injury following the team's Christmas Day game. Head coach Matt LaFleur said the fourth-year pro was expected to practice on Thursday, but that ultimately did not end up being the case.
It's unclear if Nixon had a setback or he's just simply not ready yet to take the practice field. Either way, this certainly is a concern. His emergence as a playmaking kick returner has helped give Green Bay a serious boost as they fight for a playoff spot down the stretch.
The difference between Nixon and the Packers' other return options has been night and day. Nixon's racked up at least 95 kickoff return yards in each of the past six games while averaging an impressive 28.8 YPR. He's also featured prominently on defense, playing at least 71% of the team's defensive snaps in three of those six outings and recording an interception in Week 13.
Nixon being able to log at least a limited practice on Friday would be a big step in the right direction. For now, it appears he has an uphill battle to be ready for Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings, who are listed as 3-point road underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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