The Packers activated Cobb (groin) from injured reserve Thursday. Cobb underwent core muscle surgery during the Packers' Week 13 bye and missed the rest of the regular season. With the benefit of a first-round bye in the playoffs, his time away from the field will end at five games as he prepares for a return for Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the 49ers. Green Bay has listed Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) as doubtful to play this weekend, so Cobb should jump back into three-wide sets with Davante Adams and Allen Lazard.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that Cobb (groin) will be available for Saturday's divisional-round game against the 49ers, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Cobb had surgery in early December and missed the final five weeks of the regular season, but he was a capable performer in a supporting role prior to suffering the injury, catching 28 of 39 targets for 375 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. After opening the season as Green Bay's No. 4 receiver, he moved into something resembling a rotation with Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) and Allen Lazard, all of whom played behind clear No. 1 option Davante Adams. It's hard to say how snaps will be divided between Cobb, Valdes-Scantling and Lazard this Saturday, but all four are seemingly on track to be available, with LaFleur giving Cobb the green light one day after Valdes-Scantling returned to practice. The Packers are expected to formally add Cobb to the 53-man roster by Friday.
Cobb (groin) will not play Sunday against the Lions, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. The Packers designated Cobb to return from injured reserve in late December, but he did not play in the team's Week 17 win over the Vikings and will not play this week, either, as head coach Matt LaFleur believes two more weeks of rest are in Cobb's best interest. Barring any setbacks, expect Cobb to be back on the field for the Packers' divisional-round game Jan. 22 or Jan. 23.
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.
Cobb (core) returned to practice Thursday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. The Packers thus have designated Cobb for return from injured reserve. The 11th-year wide receiver underwent core muscle surgery during the Packers' Week 13 bye, missing the past three games. He now has a 21-day window in which to prove his health, but it remains to be seen if he'll be able to do enough to return to the active roster in time for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
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