The Green Bay Packers may have dodged the proverbial bullet when preliminary reports on the injuries suffered by James Jones and Randall Cobb indicate that their conditions probably won’t be season-ending.
Exactly how long the wide receivers will be out remains to be seen as Cobb, in particular, will undergo an MRI today to review the full extent of his injury.
Jones was the first to go down early in the game with a leg injury. Cobb was carted off the field in the fourth quarter after he caught a pass over the middle and was hit low. Cobb writhed in pain on the turf while trainers rushed to his aid. At the time, most thought the injury to be severe, and when Cobb rejoined his teammates on the field near the end of the game, he was moving about on crutches.
While losing Jones and Cobb over any extended period is going to hamper the Packers passing game. After Jones and Cobb exited, the Packers were down to Jordy Nelson and second-year receiver Jarrett Boykin as their only wide receivers. The team brought in tight end Andrew Quarless and slid Jermichael Finley outside several times in the absence of Jones and Cobb.
We won’t know until probably Wednesday at the earliest on the future plans for the Packers in filling those two players’ positions. Will the Packers go out and try to secure another wide receiver in their absence? Will they draw from their own practice squad and promote rookie Myles White? Or will they limp along (excuse the pun) with the personnel they have in-house and wait it out until Jones and Cobb return?
At this point, it’s a waiting game, but at least the news is better than most of us feared.
Stay tuned …