The Green Bay Packers lost Jordy Nelson for the season to a torn ACL and received a scare last night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Randall Cobb went down with what was feared to be a broken collarbone, and likely would have signaled an early end to the Packers’ Super Bowl hopes. Thankfully, news has come in that Cobb has been diagnosed with a minor AC joint sprain.
It is extremely good news for the Packers, although it does put his status for their Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears in jeopardy.
Losing Cobb would have completely devastated Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. They have a chance to replace Nelson with the young talent that they have on the roster, but there would be no way for them to replace both Cobb and Nelson. If he does end up missing Week 1 against the Bears, Davante Adams will have to slide into the top receiver role with Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery stepping into potential starting jobs as well.
Rodgers is more than capable of working with those players for at least one week, and will make them better than many expect them to be. Green Bay cannot afford to have Cobb miss any great length of time, but one or two weeks to start the season would be survivable.
Cobb caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Packers. Losing that type of production and potentially more would have crushed their title hopes. As it stands, Cobb should be back early on during the season to help make a big push towards the playoffs as Green Bay’s top wide receiver.
Don’t be surprised if he bounces back quicker than many expect and is able to play in Week 1. That is far from a guarantee, but he showed the ability to bounce back quickly from a broken leg a couple years back.
Cobb is one of the cornerstones of the Green Bay offense, and the fan base can finally breathe a sigh of relief following this report.
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