Green Bay Packers star wide receiver Randall Cobb suffered a severe leg injury during the team’s Week 6 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, and there were fears that Cobb would end up missing the rest of the season for the Packers. That isn’t the case, though, as Cobb returned to practice last week after working hard in the rehab process and making solid progress. Although he barely practiced last week (beat writers said that he was very limited), the fact that he was able to practice throughout the week showed more great progress.
Yesterday, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Randall Cobb was “very close” to playing in last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and this huge and great news. We went throughout the whole week thinking that Cobb wasn’t all that close to playing, but now Rapoport informs us that there was actually a legitimate chance of him making his return in Week 16. It also bodes very well for his status this week, and Rapoport added in that tweet that Cobb has a “real chance” of playing against the Chicago Bears.
It’s fair to wonder if the Packers expect Cobb to play, because this is a very positive report regarding his status. Cobb is one of the NFL’s premier weapons, and his return would be devastating for a horrendous Bears defense that allowed 54 points to the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Even if Matt Flynn is the one throwing passes, Cobb should still have a big say in this game and would greatly help Flynn and the offense with his incredible playmaking ability. And if Aaron Rodgers is also able to return, then the Bears will be in some serious trouble, unless if their own offense can really rack up the points against a bad Packers D (the Bears offense has carried the team this year).
There is absolutely no guarantee, though, that Cobb returns this week, but there is definitely a chance that he can play in this week’s decisive matchup against the Bears. Before being injured, Cobb was averaging about 75 yards per game and had 80 catches, 954 yards, and nine total touchdowns last year.