The Green Bay Packers could get both star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and star wide receiver Randall Cobb back for this week’s playoff-deciding rivalry matchup against the Chicago Bears. While both players are considered toss-ups for this week’s game, there is positive news regarding both of them that happened at today’s practice. For the first time, Rodgers took all the Packers first-team reps at QB, and this comes ahead of the team’s official announcement on his status.
Additionally, ESPN NFL Nation’s Rob Demovsky reports that Randall Cobb is among those practicing in pads today, and it’s yet another encouraging sign for the explosive wideout. He’s a top playmaker for the Packers, and he would greatly help either Aaron Rodgers or Matt Flynn at the quarterback position.
It is unclear as to how healthy Cobb is, but I would honestly tentatively expect Cobb to play this week. I’m feeling bullish on his chances of playing, especially since the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that there is a “real chance” that Cobb plays this week. Even more encouraging was the fact that Rapoport also reported that Cobb was “very close” to playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With an average of 75.6 receiving yards per game before he went down, there is little doubt that Randall Cobb would make a big impact on the Packers offense if he is able to return this week. The Chicago Bears defense is in shambles, and Cobb could really take advantage of their struggling safeties.
Cobb will most likely be limited upon his return to the Packers lineup, but a limit Cobb is still a dangerous Cobb.