Randall Cobb Injury: Updates on Packers WR's Ankle Injury

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 23, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 09:  Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers runs after a catch against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 27-20.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Just as the Green Bay Packers were starting to kind of sort of get healthy, dynamic wide receiver Randall Cobb went down with an ankle injury. 

The news comes from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne:

Official word in press box is that Cobb has an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) December 23, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Randall Cobb hit a speed bump in his breakout season last week, and his ankle injury will force him onto the sidelines for Week 17. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne reported the following via Twitter:

Randall Cobb will not play today for the #Packers today in Minnesota, per @jayglazer.

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) December 30, 2012

The Packers need a victory over the Minnesota Vikings to clinch a first-round bye, and they will need players to step up in order to fill Cobb's void on offense and special teams. 

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UPDATE: Friday, December 28 at 2:40 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Weston Hodkiewicz of PackersNews.com gave a rundown of head coach Mike McCarthy's post-practice comments on Friday, which included an update on Cobb's status:

-Randall Cobb practiced in a limited fashion today. He was able to go through his workout. He took some returns and took some practice reps.

-I think that’s a question for Sunday. We’re in part of the game-planning aspect of it. A very good player as far as returner, offensive player. We’ll let Sunday answer that question.

As McCarthy also implied, Green Bay has a plethora of playmakers at receiver, and should be able to manage even if Cobb can't go on Sunday on the road against the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings.

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UPDATE: Monday, December 24 at 7:07 a.m. ET

Encouraging news for Packers fans as Randall Cobb's X-rays were negative, according to NBC's Mike Florio.

X-rays on receiver Randall Cobb’s injured ankle were negative, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

An MRI will be conducted on Monday.  Currently, it’s not believed that Cobb has any significant damage.

He could play on Sunday against the Vikings; he should be ready to go for the postseason — especially if the Packers end up with a bye.


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The good news is that Cobb will have plenty of time to rest before the Pack will truly need him.

Thanks in part to the speedster's three catches for 62 yards and eighth receiving touchdown of the season, the Packers jumped out to a 34-0 lead against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. 

It's pretty safe to say they won't need any more of Cobb to move to 11-4. 

With the NFC North wrapped up and only a first-round bye still at stake, it's also fairly safe to say that they can play it safe with their wide receiver in Week 17 as he rests for the playoffs. 

That, of course, is made a lot easier by the fact Aaron Rodgers is at the helm and still has a slew of talented pass-catchers at his disposal. 

Jordy Nelson is still out with a hamstring injury, but Greg Jennings, James Jones and Jermichael Finley have done a fine job of filling the wide receiver void. 

That being said, Cobb is a truly unique player. He's versatile in the pass game and explosive in the return game. While the Packers will be able to hold out for the next week should he miss any time, getting him back for the playoffs will be key.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on Cobb's status as more is known. 



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