Green Bay Packers star WR Randall Cobb went down in the second quarter of yesterday afternoon’s game with what seemed to be a significant knee injury. Cobb was hit in the knee by Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam on a 15-yard pass, and he had to be carted to the Packers locker room. Not only that, but Cobb was also spotted on crutches later on in the game. The injury looked severe, but the good news is that early indications are optimistic. Teammate Jordy Nelson stated that the knee injury isn’t as severe as it looked, the NFL Network had a positive report yesterday, and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy seemed cautiously optimistic on Cobb’s status.
Thanks to FOX Sports we know that Randall Cobb and James Jones won’t be out for the season with knee injuries, and Jones’s injury doesn’t seem too serious. But Cobb’s injury could cause him to miss a large chunk of time, which would be a huge blow to the Green Bay Packers team as a whole.
The best news, though, can be found in an ESPN report. ESPN NFL Nation’s Rob Demovsky writes that a source close to Adam Schefter stated that Randall Cobb will “be OK” and early reports on his right knee injury are “good”. It looks like Cobb suffered a severe knee sprain, but we’ll know more once his MRI is released. All I can say is that his injury clearly did not look good.
One more thing: I am extremely glad that Aaron Rodgers stood up to Matt Elam for that play and voiced his opinion on the hit. It is obvious to me and probably to Rodgers that Elam could have easily avoided hitting Cobb’s knees, and I’ll just stop right now in order to avoid going on a rant against Elam. It’s easy to overreact on the hit and the refs were right in not giving out a penalty, but I still think that the hit could have easily been avoided. I like Rodgers’s take on it (below).
“I just felt like, from my vantage point, he had plenty of time to not take out a guy’s legs in that situation,” Rodgers said. “I think he could have hit him in the proper hitting zone, and that’s what I told him. The other safety came over and actually made a very knowledgeable point, which I appreciated a little intelligent answer back and forth about some of the issues defensive players have to deal with (hitting in) the target area. I totally understand that and get that.”