“I’m getting better.”
That’s about all Randall Cobb had to say on Wednesday about the specifics of the injury that landed him on the NFL’s short-term injured-reserve list.
Cobb, the Green Bay Packers’ dynamic third-year receiver, went down late in the first half of the Oct. 13 victory at Baltimore. The injury was reported as a broken fibula, though Cobb would neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of that report.
“It doesn’t (matter),” Cobb said when asked about the specifics. “A broken bone, I don’t know about that. But, hey, that was what the reports were, so it is what it is.”
Cobb did confirm that his injury requires a six- to eight-week recovery.
Under rules implemented last season, teams can designate one player to return from injured reserve. That player must spend at least six weeks on injured reserve and is not eligible to return to action after eight weeks. Cobb was put on IR on Oct. 16. Six weeks from that date would be Nov. 27, or one day before the Detroit game. With the eight-week timeframe, his first game could be Dec. 15 against Dallas.
Rather than pinpointing a specific game, Cobb’s focus is “trying to get back” to walking and running. He’s no longer using crutches or relying on a Segway to get around, and he hopes to start jogging soon.
“That’s the earliest I could come back,” Cobb said of the Dallas game. “It’s not a target date it’s the earliest that I can come back depending on where I am in my rehab.”
Cobb said he’s doing “everything I can” to return this season, regardless of where the Packers stand in the playoff chase.
“It’s really just frustrating because I can’t be out on the field,” Cobb said. “I want to be a part of the team. For the past few weeks, I feel like I haven’t been a part of the team. I just now was able to go to New York and be on the sidelines and actually feel like I’m part of the group. But for the most part I just really want to get back out there.”
Packers injury report
Did not participate: RT Don Barclay (knee), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), DE Johnny Jolly (groin), CB James Nixon (knee), OLB Nick Perry (foot/ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), CB Sam Shields (hamstring). Limited: C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee), OLB Andy Mulumba (ankle), OLB Mike Neal (abdomen), DT Ryan Pickett (knee). Full: OLB Clay Matthews (thumb).
Vikings injury report
Did not participate: LB Erin Henderson (not injury related), WR Greg Jennings (Achilles), RB Adrian Peterson (groin), CB Josh Robinson (chest), TE Kyle Rudolph (foot), C John Sullivan (concussion). Limited: FB Rhett Ellison (ankle), DT Fred Evans (knee/shoulder), DT Letroy Guion (chest), LB Michael Mauti (knee). Full: RB Matt Asiata (shoulder), LB Chad Greenway (wrist), QB Christian Ponder (left shoulder).
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Peterson said during a conference call. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and getting the necessary rest and getting the treatment and things I need to be ready to roll on Sunday.”
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Sullivan hasn’t cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, though Frazier is hoping Sullivan will do so and can practice on Thursday.
-- J.C. Tretter practiced for the first time since sustaining a broken ankle on the opening day of OTAs. Thursday’s padded practice will be a milestone for the rookie offensive lineman.
-- Rodgers reiterated what he said on Tuesday, stating that he’d have to practice on Friday to face the Vikings on Sunday or practice on Tuesday to play against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Said McCarthy: “Hey, it’s a medical decision. I think he’s addressed it. You’re talking about the healing of a bone, so until Dr. McKenzie and Aaron feel like we’re in a spot to talk about playing, we’ll talk about it. That did not happen today.”
-- Jermichael Finley posted a lengthy video detailing his comeback from a career-threatening spinal injury.
-- Speaking to Vikings beat writers, Frazier said he chose Ponder his starter because he’s had success against the Packers (Week 17, 2012). Matt Cassel will be the No. 2 quarterback. As for Josh Freeman? “He's still working hard, he's still doing a lot of good things in practice,” Frazier said. “There may come a time here where he's out there. But for this week it's going to be Christian. For Josh, he's still preparing well, doing what he needs to do in the meeting, doing what he has to do at practice. We'll see what happens down the line.”
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