Randall Cobb had nearly 4,000 total yards in just two seasons with the Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Randall Cobb: What the Hell is going on out Here?

Randall Cobb is a rising star for the Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Randall Cobb has been a rising star for the Packers. The news that he will miss as much as six weeks with a fractured fibula comes as somewhat of a surprise. Now what? Raymond T. Rivard photograph

 

We all watched as Randall Cobb was injured yesterday when Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam hit him low and left him lying writhing in pain on the turf.

Cobb was carted off the field, but later reappeared on the sidelines sporting crutches.

Then we got good news  … reports came out late Sunday night that Cobb’s and James Jones’s injuries were not season-ending.

Even the head guy, coach Mike McCarthy, said Cobb might be ready to go in a couple of weeks.

Hold the horses.

Tonight, the news turned grim. as major news outlets reported that Cobb has a fracture of his fibula.

In the famous words of none other than Vince Lombardi: “What the hell is going on out here?

 

 

 

The questions surrounding this development won’t be answered overnight. The Packers are very thin at the position and losing Cobb might result in some extraordinary measures by the Packers. A midseason trade or acquisition of a player by Ted Thompson comes around with the same frequency as that of a glacial age – if ever.

However, this is different. When you lose one-third of a triumvirate of receivers that, when healthy, are among the best in the business, something needs to be done. When you take one of them out of the equation, there’s a big hurt.

What you take away is about 90 yards per-game of productivity from a single player. Cobb was averaging about 75 yards per game through the air and another 15.6 yards per game on the ground. To date, Cobb has accounted for more than 400 yards of offense.

Will the Packers replace that?

No.

But they have to come up with ways to get some of that production back. If it means going out and getting another player, then find the best fit. Some earlier today linked Broncos practice teamer Tavarres King with the Packers, but as of this writing he is still a Bronco. There may be more on that on Tuesday.

 

In the meantime, these are the words of the man himself – the following is what Cobb tweeted tonight. You be the judge as to what it means:

 

 

 

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