The Green Bay Packers already know they will get quarterback Aaron Rodgers back for Sunday's showdown for the NFC North title against the Chicago Bears, and Rodgers might have wide receiver Randall Cobb in his arsenal.
Cobb continued to increase his workload this week and could come off short-term injured reserve following an evaluation Saturday. Because he is on IR, the Packers did not have to list him on Friday's official injury report.
"Randall Cobb is a playmaker. He's dangerous with the ball in his hand," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. "Our offense is based on making the quarterback successful. Football comes very natural to him."
Cobb suffered a significant leg injury on Oct. 13, and was placed on injured reserve with the designation for return label. He has been practicing for the past two weeks, and said on Thursday he was preparing as though he will play at Chicago.
McCarthy also confirmed outside linebacker Clay Matthews has undergone a second surgery on his injured thumb, which he re-injured last week while sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He has been ruled out of Sunday's game.
Rodgers was officially listed as probable after taking part in all of Friday's session.