Next step for Jordy Nelson: Clearance to run passing routes

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson told ESPN.com on Thursday that he has had no setbacks in his rehabilitation from knee surgery and hopes to find out in the next two weeks when he can begin running pass routes.

"Things are great. Everything has gone smooth," Nelson said during a break at the NFL Players Association meetings. "Everyone keeps asking if I'm 100 percent. I'm 100 percent of what the doctor will let me do. The rest is unknown, but we're right where we want to be and will continue to progress once we get back to Green Bay in a week and a half."

Nelson, who tore his right ACL in a preseason game last August, said he feels as if he can do everything physically that's required of him. However, doctors have yet to clear him to run routes.

"That's the unknown," he said. "But we've done some agility stuff and running, and everything has been fine."

In 2014, the Pro Bowl wideout set career highs with 98 catches for 1,519 yards. His 13 touchdowns were two off the personal best he set in 2011.

Nelson said missing the entire season was not as difficult as missing four games in 2012 because of hamstring issues.

"You're in and out and you're trying to get back and maybe you push it a little bit and you injure it again," he said. "Once I tore my ACL, you knew you were going to have surgery and you knew you were out for the year and would come back next season. It was a little easier on the mind that way, instead of dealing with the week in and week out of, 'All right, we've got to do this this week to make sure I'm ready, but is it going to pull on me again?'

"This wasn't an injury of, 'Should we do surgery, or should we try to rehab it and see if we can come back Week 10, 11 or 12?' then find out you have to have surgery. I was able to be at ease. Obviously, the first couple of days were rough -- you get the diagnosis and understand what it means. But after that I was able to move on. I look forward to getting back out there."