After scare, Packers say WR Randall Cobb avoided major injury

ByRob Demovsky via ESPN logo
Sunday, August 30, 2015
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It doesn't look like the Green Bay Packers lost their second Pro Bowl receiver in less than a week.

Unlike the knee injury Jordy Nelson suffered six days earlier, the shoulder injury that knocked Randall Cobb out of Saturday's 39-26 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles does not appear to be season-ending.

"No, I don't think we're in that area at all," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

The image of Cobb walking to the locker room in the first quarter was about the worst imaginable scenario for the Packers, who were still getting used to the idea of not having Nelson all season.

Last season, Cobb caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers were second on the team to those of Nelson, who had 98 catches for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Cobb was injured on the team's third play from scrimmage against the Eagles. He appeared to land on his right side while attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Brett Hundley along the sideline. He was initially examined in the bench area by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie. Shortly thereafter, he was taken to the Lambeau Field locker room for further examination.

Cobb initially feared he had broken his collarbone, but tests showed that was not the case.

"I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground, and I had a guy land on top of me," Cobb said. "I was just jogging off the field at the end of the series, and I could feel the pain. I didn't know exactly what it was. It was discomfort, and I let Doc check it out and we went back and got X-rays. It's not what we think it could've been."

Cobb is scheduled for additional tests Sunday, but he expressed a feeling of relief after the game.

"It's been very unfortunate these few weeks for us," Cobb said. "At least there's a silver lining in this injury."

Cobb wouldn't say whether he thinks he will be available for the Sept. 13 season opener at Chicago.

"You know, we're taking it day by day right now," Cobb said. "We'll see come tomorrow what more we find out, and we'll go from there."

The Packers announced two other injuries -- right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and cornerback Micah Hyde (neck spasms). McCarthy said he did not think either was serious. After Bulaga exited in the first quarter, it left center Corey Linsley as the only healthy starting lineman.

McCarthy held quarterback Aaron Rodgers out of the game in large part because three of his starting offensive linemen were out with injuries entering the game.

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