Nvidia driver breaks wifi

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I'm running Debian 8 x64 with kernel 4.6.3 on my laptop and the wifi works fine until I install the Nvidia gpu drivers. It's an Asus laptop with an Intel 7265 wireless card and an Nvidia 960m GPU (full system specs at the bottom).

After a clean installation the wireless was working, I installed the Nvidia drivers using apt-get install nvidia-driver, the driver installed without error, I rebooted and wifi no longer works. Running ifconfig and iwconfig only shows the eth0 and lo interfaces. I verified the proper firmware is installed and confirmed that the wifi works on the distro using a live usb. I couldn't find any messages related to the wireless in syslog or dmesg, there was no mention of success or failures for this device at all. Running lspci shows the wireless card information. I removed the Nvidia driver using apt-get remove but it didn't fix the wifi. Since it was a clean install, I just reinstalled the OS without installing the nvidia drivers and everything's working fine. Any thoughts on what I can do to prevent nvidia from breaking the wifi?

Specs:
ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4 GB GDDR5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz
16GB DDR4 RAM
512gb SSD & 256gb m.2 2280 SSD
Intel Wireless-AC 7265 802.11ac