He spent Sunday night in a hospital after suffering a rib injury, but the Packers are still holding out hope that Jordy Nelson can find a way to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoff.
How can that be possible, considering reports that he has at least two broken ribs?
Dr. William Tisol of the Aurora Medical Center is an expert in chest surgery, including the rib cage. No, he hasn't seen Jordy, but he describes to WTMJ's John Mercure the ways a pro football player can have the right treatment to find a way to play such a collision sport with his injuries.
"The rib fracture treatment is all about pain relief. The pain can be relieved in a number of ways," said Dr. Tisol.
That pain relief, he explains, is the key, because the most basic of human functions - breathing - can be painful with rib injuries.
Listen to the full discussion with John Mercure in your Soundcloud player above.