Grene Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is reportedly expected to be ready for the team’s season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 13.
Cobb sustained a minor sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder during the Packers’ third preseason game on Saturday, leaving Green Bay’s 39–26 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on the team’s third play of the game. The fifth-year veteran suffered the injury after landing on his shoulder while attempting to make a catch; he later told reporters he had feared he broke his collarbone. X-rays taken later were negative.
“I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground, and I had a guy land on top of me,” Cobb said, according to ESPN.com. “I was just jogging off the field at the end of the series, and I could feel the pain. I didn't know exactly what it was. It was discomfort, and I let Doc check it out and we went back and got X-rays. It's not what we think it could've been.”
Cobb’s return would help the Packers compensate for the loss of Jordy Nelson, who tore his ACL one week before Cobb’s injury. Nelson led the Packers last season with 98 receptions, 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns; Cobb was second with 91 receptions for 1,287 and 12 touchdowns. The two combined for 277 targets; Packers quarterbacks attempted 536 total passes last season.
Cobb signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Packers before free agency began this offseason.
The Packers are expected to rest the majority of their starters in Thursday’s preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints.
- Mike Fiammetta