Randall Cobb was a player who helps ignite the Packers' offense. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Report: Randall Cobb has 'real chance' of playing Sunday

 

Everyone’s been talking about the possible return this week of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but flying a bit under the radar are the reports that there is a “real chance” the wide receiver Randall Cobb could be on the field come Sunday when the Packers meet the Chicago Bears with the NFC North Division title on the line.

While today is D-Day for the announcement about whether Rodgers will play this weekend, we may have to wait a couple of days before any announcement on Cobb’s availability will be made.

Cobb went down with a lower leg injury 10 weeks ago when catching a pass over the middle during the Packers’ win over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. There were various reports about whether it was a fractured fibula or tibia, but no matter which bone was injured, it was severe.

He practiced in a limited fashion last week, but according to a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, his chances of playing have greatly increased this week:

 

 

Randall Cobb could be looking up at a much bigger contract in the next couple of years ... Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Randall Cobb could be looking up at a much bigger contract in the next couple of years …
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

So, if the news about Rodgers is positive today, the potential news that Cobb could play would be an added bonus this Christmas week.

However, if Rodgers is put down for yet another week – a great probability, according to many in the know – it would be Matt Flynn once again who will be leading the Packers. So far, Flynn is 2-2-1 for the Packers since taking over midway through the Minnesota Vikings game several weeks back.

To add Cobb to his arsenal of weapons would be huge.

Cobb is one of the most exciting young players in the league and having him on the field could only help the Packers’ chances against the Bears. Last year, Cobb led the Packers with 80 catches for 954 yards, and before going out with his injury this season, Cobb was averaging around 75 yards per-game. Any time you take away that kind of production, it hurts a team and while Jarrett Boykin has been tremendous in filling in over the past 10 weeks, Cobb’s presence has been missed.

If you add him into the mix of Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Boykin, the Packers pass game takes another huge jump – whether it’s Rodgers or Flynn throwing the ball.

This story is sure to develop as we head into Friday …

Stay tuned …

 

 

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