OCTOBER 18: Cobb is likely to be sidelined for several weeks, head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed on Monday. As ESPN’s Rob Demovsky notes, an IR stint is in consideration; that would keep the veteran out for at least four weeks. In more positive injury news at the position, LaFleur expressed optimism that the Packers could open Watkins’ IR return window this week.
OCTOBER 17: The offensive struggles continued for the Packers during yesterday’s loss to the Jets, and the unit lost another pass-catcher in the process. Wideout Randall Cobb was carted off the field with what he initially feared would be a season-ending injury. That appears to not be the case, though the veteran is likely to be sidelined for an extended period.
Cobb did not suffer a broken ankle, but rather a potential high ankle sprain, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (Twitter link). That would allow him to return at some point in the season, but the news still represents another blow for Green Bay’s WR corps.
Fellow veteran Sammy Watkins has been out since Week 2 due to a hamstring injury. That same ailment has also cost second-round rookie Christian Watson a pair of games to date, as the Packers look to find chemistry at a position featuring several new faces. The departures of Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the offseason left the team with their current assemblage of pass-catchers.
As a whole, the unit sits 18th in the league at 246 yards per game through the air. The offense’s overall struggles (17.8 points per game, 24th in the NFL), though, have been attributed in no small part to an inconsistent passing game. Cobb ranks second on the team with 257 receiving yards this season – including a seven-catch, 99-yard performance in Week 5.
The 32-year-old dealt with a core injury last season, the first of his second stint in Green Bay. That limited him t0 12 games in 2021, though his five touchdowns demonstrated his potential continued value to the team (especially given the inexperience of the receiver room) in the latter stages of his career. Cobb, a free agent at the end of the season, will look to rehab in time to make a return to the field, as Green Bay moves forward with an even more shorthanded WR room.
20 comments on “Packers WR Randall Cobb Facing Extended Absence”
The offense is so bad we won’t even know he’s out. They can manage to suck equally with or without him.
Sarcastic or not, I agree. The receivers don’t deserve all the blame either, Rodgers has been off the mark a bit too.
I haven’t watched every snap like past years, but from what I’ve pieced together I’m not sure anyone is blameless for the lousy performances they’ve put together. Top to bottom, offense, defense and S/T better get it together quick or this is a 6 win team.
I would assign Rodgers blame for not training with his receivers during the offseason. This is important in any iteration of a roster, but especially important when dealing with new receivers (rookies, on top of that) and unproven receivers. It’s also especially important for a quarterback for whom trust is just as important as talent in determining who he decides to target.
Rodgers got a good extension this year, and if he’s trying to win a Super Bowl, I’m not sure what else he has to do that’s more important than training the new pieces. I know that Rodgers knows more than I do about what’s necessary and unnecessary in preparing a passing attack, but surely practicing with new pieces (especially when you’ve lost your only trustworthy target) is helpful.
This is of course also on the front office, but we know this story already. They did LITERALLY everything they could without bringing in a number one (or even number two) receiver. Hopefully for Green Bay this is the thing that FINALLY pushes them to acquire one. They’ve tried everything but the obvious to upgrade the roster. They need to quit pretending that all receivers are equal and just do it.
Nah, they’ll wait til their starting qb (whoever that may be, and whenever) can only throw it 12 yards past the line of scrimmage, then load up on speedsters who can only run fast, in a straight line (the catching part is optional, as always).
Agreed. Any hole on the Packers’ roster has to be open for at least seven years before they try to fill it. It’s in the bylaws (for reference, see THOMPSON, TED and LINEBACKER, MIDDLE).
Maybe now they will actually give Watson a shot. You know, the guy they traded up for in the second round?
He’s been injured lately
Dude needs to be healthy enough to actually make the game day roster. Until then, no shots given.
And they still wouldn’t give up a 6th and 7th for Anderson. OBJ is not coming here, he’s going back to Rams.
Is a tantrum throwing wr from a bad team going to fix the mess on offense?
Couldn’t make it any worse.
Robby Anderson wasn’t worth 2 late draft picks. At the end, we’d still be terrible at WR, have a cancer in the locker room and not have those picks.
The offensive line isn’t worth a crap anymore. Idk why they keep starting Newman. Put Jenkins inside. And our defense with as much former 1st rounders as we have we should be dominating our run defense sucks
They thought Linsley was expendable, and that moving their best lineman outside was practical. They have a top guard in Jenkins that they treat like a carousel connoisseur-they need to keep him in one place and just draft a replacement next year, as well as finally adding two receivers to be the top pass catchers. I get that they tried with Watson, but he and Doubs both need work and the Packers don’t have much time to continue to wait (as has been their approach for the last decade).
But yes, it’s frustrating to see them continue to use Jenkins as a rotational band-aid when he’s actually a great guard. Let him play his position. Walker was supposed to fill the biggest hole on Green Bay’s defense inside on the second level, and Wyatt seemed like a great but redundant talent with the Packers running the penny with only defensive tackle usually on the field. That sacrifices a lot of run defense, with only one linebacker and one DT.
I understood the initial move to LT for Jenkins. Its the lack of having/drafting/developing a decent RT and deciding to just plug Jenkins in and thinking everything will be fine.
I still am a bit dumbfounded that they simply cut Turner last off-season rather than get a rework/extension done..unless they tried and he preferred to hit the open market and I’m just not aware ofit. He was at least serviceable there, and could also play some G.
Agreed. I’m not especially high on Turner either, but he at least gave them an option.
First-play dropped pass against the Vikings set the season’s tone. In true Central Division fashion, the Packers still have a playoff chance. Lets continue to thank Pete Rozelle for giving us a league where 90% of the teams are not competitive on any given Sunday.
The real problem is Allen Lazard going commando on Sauce Gardner who was clowning the Packer backers leaving Lambeau Field after the Jets’ convincing win.
Besides, there hasn’t been a Central Division in 20 years — and Pete Rozelle is still dead.
Im confused. The problem with the Packers lousy showing so far this season..is something Lazard did AFTER the most recent loss..?