Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Cobb (groin) is "a little ways away from returning," implying that the wide receiver won't be activated from injured reserve in advance of Sunday's game against the Vikings, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

That being said, Cobb has made good progress in his recovery from the core-muscle surgery he underwent in the first week of December, as was made clear by the Packers' decision Thursday to clear him to resume practicing. Cobb looks like he'll need more practice time to prove he's back to 100 percent, but it's not out of the question for him to be added back to the 53-man roster ahead of the Jan. 9 regular-season finale versus the 2-12-1 Lions. If they can beat Minnesota this weekend, however, the Packers might be more inclined to wait until the postseason to activate Cobb; Green Bay would be in the driver's seat for the NFC's No. 1 overall seed with a Week 17 win and would be heavy favorites to beat the lowly Lions with or without the veteran slot man.

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