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Report: Nick Nelson suffers meniscus injury before NFL Draft

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The former Wisconsin cornerback is expected to miss 3–4 months.

Update: Nelson attended Friday’s practice and was on crutches. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus reported that the injury occurred at the McClain Center.

Nelson told WKOW’s Amy Gill that he will undergo surgery next week that should have him back “for/during training camp.”


Unfortunate news according to NFL Network and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, as Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Nick Nelson suffered a torn meniscus and will have surgery next week.

Rapoport reported the injury occurred “during a private workout with a team” and will require Nelson to be out 3–4 months, though he “should be healthy” for the upcoming 2018 season.

In another report, a source told ProFootballTalk.com the setback took place in a workout with the Detroit Lions.

The Lions have apparently been working out quite a few Badgers in recent days. B5Q reported on Tuesday that fullback Austin Ramesh worked out for the NFC North organization on Monday in Madison, while WOZN and Wisconsin Sports Zone Network’s Zach Heilprin reported on Thursday that linebackers coach Al Golden was in Madison to work out a trio of Badger linebackers: Leon Jacobs, Garret Dooley, and Jack Cichy.

How much this hurts Nelson’s draft stock remains to be seen. A prospect profile from NFL.com’s Mackensie Alexander listed Nelson as a round 3 or 4 pick, with DraftAnalyst.com believing he was a fourth-round selection. NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter projected the cornerback as a fourth-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals on April 5.

Nelson’s injury doesn’t appear season-ending, though if the three or four-month recovery timetable from Rapoport is accurate, it would potentially force the Wisconsin corner to miss teams’ rookie camps and OTAs in May and June.