Nelson had a really good excuse — and it wasn't attending the CMTs. He was quarantined.
During a trip to Haiti to do charity work, Nelson was bitten by a mosquito. His fever peaked at 104 degrees and he had strep throat, so the team told him to stay away.
“I was quarantined,” Nelson said about battling the mysterious mosquito-borne illness.
Nelson got back on the practice field this week, after his fever dropped and the strep infection went away, and sounded impressed.
"We’ve got a really dynamic group," Nelson said of the Jets new-look receiving corps upon his return. "We’ve got guys who can do a little bit of everything."
And no, he wasn't in some sort of hallucinatory jungle fever haze.
"Now, the next step is to get everybody to play at that maximum ability and keep everybody healthy," he added.
Healthy — like avoiding Dengue fever and Ebola.
Now, taking shots from huge cornerbacks this season might seem like no sweat for Nelson after getting laid out by pinprick from a tiny insect.