Green Bay Packers star wide receiver Randall Cobb fractured his tibia in the first half of the team’s Week 6 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, and the team has missed his electrifying ability ever since. It was once believed that Cobb would miss the remainder of the season, but his return to the practice field yesterday and progress over the past week have given Packers fans hope that the team’s No. 2 receiver will be able to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers and/or Chicago Bears. While it is very unrealistic to expect Cobb to return this week and face the Steelers, he still has a legit chance at returning next week to play in an all-important rivalry game against the Bears.
According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Rob Demovsky, Randall Cobb is practicing again today, but he was only able to work out on an “extremely limited” basis, furthering the notion that Cobb is still at least a week away from returning. I believe the Packers will hold Cobb out of this week’s game- mostly because he isn’t even ready to play- and then play him next week against the Bears if the Packers are able to beat the Steelers and if Cobb continues to make solid progress.
Just like with Aaron Rodgers (his status this week is up-in-the-air), the Packers will shut down Cobb for the rest of the season if the team is eliminated from the playoffs, since there’s no reason to risk anything with such an important player who is still recovering. We’ll see exactly what the Packers will do with both players, but it’s clear to me that the Packers can be trusted 100% to make the right choice when it comes to injured players.