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Report: Packers' Cobb eyes Week 17 return

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Randall Cobb could reportedly return in Week 17.
Randall Cobb could reportedly play in Week 17. (USATSI)

With Aaron Rodgers looking like a long shot to play for the Packers this season, they can use all the firepower possible to try and beat the Bears and make the postseason. It's good news, then, that wideout Randall Cobb might be able to play Sunday.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Cobb was "very close" to playing for the Packers in Week 16 when they lost to the Steelers and has a "real chance" to return in Week 17 against Chicago.

Cobb left Week 6's win over the Ravens with a leg injury that was set to cost him "multiple weeks" and ended up being worse: Cobb had a broken leg that's kept him out ever since.

Matt Flynn's done a pretty good job filling in for Rodgers the last few weeks (even if his actual play might not match up with this statistical production). Jordy Nelson's been a beast in terms of helping Flynn look good.

Cobb would provide a huge boost to the passing game though. He's the sort of dynamic player who can manage to stretch the field horizontally as well as vertically.

He'd put an extra strain on a Bears defense that's struggled to defend all season anyway and give a Packers offense an additional weapon. If Rodgers doesn't play -- at this point if he played it would be an upset -- the Packers will need all the scoring help they can get to keep up in what should be a shootout.

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