Green Bay receiver Nelson's status uncertain

Green Bay receiver Nelson's status uncertain
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January 10

Nelson, 31, was hit in the midsection by Giants safety Leon Hall after a dropped pass early in the second quarter. He initially was listed as questionable to return, but later was ruled out. He made one catch for 13 yards in the victory.Nelson's status is unclear for this Sunday's game at the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson won't attempt to practice until Saturday, and he won't play if he is unable to practice.Around the NFLIt took eight months, but Taylor Symmank finally had made the Vikings' roster.The punter from Texas Tech was impressive at a rookie minicamp last May, and the Vikings considered signing him. It didn't work out then, but Symmank signed last week."They were interested, but they just wanted to see how things played out with what was going on, and see how the roster spots and things like that would work out," Symmank said.The Vikings ultimately decided not to bring in competition for Jeff Locke, then entering his fourth season. Locke improved overall in 2016, but had a shaky final month and is in line to become a free agent in March.Sources said Symmank, who averaged 46 yards gross as a Texas Tech senior in 2015, was brought in for protection in case Locke isn't re-signed, or could battle him for a job."I'm just coming in and competing for a spot, whether it's (Locke) or somebody else that we bring in," Symmank said.• The Pittsburgh Steelers placed outside linebackers coach Joey Porter on leave Monday after his arrest outside a bar on Sunday night, hours after the team's 30-12 AFC wild-card win over Miami.Porter, 39, was arraigned early Monday morning on multiple charges after his arrest. He was released from jail and is now free on a $25,000 bond.Porter faces a felony aggravated assault charge, along with counts of simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and trespassing, according to court records.

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