Green Bay Packers star wide receiver Randall Cobb was placed on the short-term injured reserve in mid-October with a broken right fibula that he suffered in the Packers Week 6 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Cobb’s absence has been mitigated by the emergence of Jarrett Boykin as a fully legitimate threat in the Packers offense, but the Packers have still felt the loss of their versatile playmaker. Whenever a player of Cobb’s caliber goes down, the hope is always that he will return for a playoff run or a stretch run in the battle for the playoffs. That appeared to be the case with Cobb upon his placement on the short-term I.R., but there is now some reason to believe that the Packers won’t have him back towards the end of the season.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Mike Vandermause, there is still no timetable for Cobb’s return, and Cobb seemed to reject the reports that he broke his right fibula. It was interesting to read quotes of Cobb playing coy with questions of the exact nature of his injury, and the lack of updates makes guessing Cobb’s status for the remainder of the season extremely difficult to gauge. He is eligible to be activated off of the short-term I.R. in Week 15, so hopefully both he and Aaron Rodgers can be healthy by then and the Packers can still be in the playoff hunt at that point in time (Packers fans are crossing their fingers on Scott Tolzien cutting down on the picks).
Randall Cobb spoke about his injury and wasn’t willing to commit to returning at some point this season, “I can’t make that call right now. Right now, today, I cannot play. I’m doing everything I can. I’m working my butt off in the rehab process. This is something that it needs time. It’s getting better. There’s still no timeline on when I can come back.”
All told, I would still expect Cobb to come back to the Packers this year, especially if they are still in playoff contention. But it looks like Cobb’s injury could very well be more severe than initially thought, and we can only hope that his injury wasn’t more significant than previously reported (although players don’t usually give information on the exact nature of the injury, they also rarely play coy or refute reports regarding said injury). Cobb is such a dynamic talent and is one of the best offensive weapons in the game, so hopefully Cobb is just displaying pessimism to try and throw off future opponents.