COMMENTARY | The Green Bay Packers have been wrecked with injuries this season, especially losing their starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone. Everything in the media is revolving around whether or not Rodgers will play this week, but there is another injury in town that is healing and another player that could be available in the near future for the Packers. Randall Cobb practiced yesterday for the first time since fracturing his fibula against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5.
Randall Cobb was the Packers' top wide receiver coming into this season and he would be a very important piece for Green Bay whether Rodgers or Matt Flynn is on the field. Cobb provides a unique skill set, being able to be a deep threat as well as a prolific threat across the middle of the field. The Packers still have Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Jarrett Boykin on the field every week, but adding a talent like Cobb would make that offense even more dangerous.
If Cobb is able to be medically cleared in time, he is eligible to play this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers have their backs against the wall in the NFC North division race and could use all the help they can get. While Cobb did practice yesterday, he only did very basic work during that practice session. There is no news out there about whether or not Cobb has a good chance to be cleared, but just having him back on the practice field is big news.
In the five early games that he played this season, Cobb had been putting up very good production for the Packers. He caught 29 passes for a total of 378 yards and two touchdowns. Since he went down, the Green Bay offense hasn't been the same even before Rodgers went down with his injury. Even if Matt Flynn is the starting quarterback this week, the offense would look much better with a healthy Randall Cobb out on the field.
Green Bay has been able to hold their playoff chances together despite all the injury issues that they have encountered this season. Just a few years back the Packers were the last seed in the playoffs and they were able to make an impressive run to win the Super Bowl. The Packers are finally getting back to full health, so could they make another deep run into the playoffs? All that is interesting to think about, but this week is the week that Green Bay needs to think about and Cobb would be an extremely welcome addition.
Evan Massey lives in Indianapolis and has followed the Green Bay Packers for the past 16 years. He has written for many sports websites including ProSportsExtra.com, Hoops-Nation.com, ProFootballSpot.com, and NaptownsFinest.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @massey_evan.
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