Nelson took the field in a limited capacity both Wednesday and Thursday, before he was estimated as "limited" on the Packers' final injury report of the week. Despite the workload, the few routes he ran and passes corralled occurred without pads, suggesting that he wasn't cleared for contact. Like fellow wideouts Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring), Nelson remained questionable after Saturday's light session, meaning a cloud remains over the trio's potential to play in the upcoming do-or-die affair. One way or another, Nelson's availability will be confirmed upon the release of the Packers' inactive list at roughly 1:35 PM ET on Sunday, though how many snaps he can handle remains to be seen.
A member of the organization since Dec. 20, McCaffrey has been promoted to the active roster due to a host of injuries within the receiving corps. There's a very real chance he's among the Packers' inactive list for Sunday's NFC championship game, but even if he isn't, he'll be hard-pressed to make his presence felt within the offense.
While the Bills did not offer a precise timetable for Watkins' recovery, the procedure reportedly went well and it's expected that the team's top wideout will be ready to participate in training camp this coming July. The bigger question mark at this time is who will be throwing Watkins passes in 2017, with QB Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo uncertain.
Mitchell, who last suited up Dec. 24, is "trending in the right direction this week," according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, but the rookie wideout remains a speculative fantasy play after missing time, while competing for targets (behind top wideout Julian Edelman) with Danny Amendola, Michael Floyd and Chris Hogan, who is battling a thigh issue.
Allison didn't practice all week, but that didn't come as a surprise after coach Mike McCarthy outlined such a plan during his opening press conference this week. Despite that inactivity, the rookie is anticipated to be able to play through his hamstring ailment Sunday. With both Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Davonte Adams (ankle) also injured, the Packers enter Sunday's championship clash with more than one wide-receiving worry, making their situation worth watching as kickoff draws closer.
Hogan has downplayed the thigh issue that he suffered this past Saturday against the Texans and we'd be surprised if he wasn't available Sunday. When healthy, Hogan and Julian Edelman normally garner the most playing time among the Patriots' wideouts, though Hogan's production has been sporadic of late.
Adams' sprained ankle kept him sidelined since last Sunday's win over the Cowboys, which was the expectation set forth during coach Mike McCarthy's opening press conference of this week. With fellow wideouts Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) both banged up, the Packers couldn't afford to risk Adams' health by having him practice. According to the receiver, his current ankle problem isn't as bad as the one he carried last season, and despite his questionable tag, Adams is anticipated to suit up Sunday. Although his status will need to be confirmed, it'd be a surprise if Adams isn't available against Atlanta, particularly given what's at stake.
The same applies to fellow wideouts Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell, though there's a solid chance that all three will be in uniform this weekend. Amendola continues to profile as a speculative fantasy option, with Julian Edelman still the Patriots' top wideout in both real and fantasy terms and passing targets that don't go his way difficult to predict on a week-to-week basis.
Nelson put together two limited practice sessions prior to staying home with an illness Friday. While Nelson's status is not expected to be threatened by his illness, the condition of the wideout's broken ribs will ultimately determine whether he suits up Sunday. According to coach Mike McCarthy, Nelson will be given every chance to play, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be cleared to do. As a result, Nelson's situation will need to continue to be monitored over the weekend. Along with Nelson, fellow wideouts Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are also listed as questionable for Sunday's critical clash.
Gabriel was limited both Wednesday and Thursday to rest his ailing foot, but his full practice Friday cleared any uncertainty regarding his status. The speedster will be available as usual to face a mistake-prone Green Bay secondary, and should take confidence from catching all three of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's previous meeting with the Packers this season.