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Starter Pack: Optimism for Cobb, Jones

10/13/2013

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

BALTIMORE -- James Jones' injury looked bad. Randall Cobb's looked worse.

However, there’s reason to think the Green Bay Packers receivers avoided catastrophic injuries despite being unable to return to Sunday’s 19-17 victory against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

“We’re always worried whenever somebody obviously goes out of a game,” said Jordy Nelson, the only one of the Packers’ top-three receivers left standing on Sunday. “As far as I know, it’s possibly not as bad as it could have been. So hopefully that stays the course.”

Jones left the game in the first quarter after an apparent leg injury. Cobb got knocked out in the second quarter after Ravens safety Matt Elam hit his right knee -- a hit that quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t like.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Sunday night that early reports on Cobb’s knee are “good.”

Either way, the Packers might need some receiver help for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. Other than Nelson, the only other receiver the Packers had on the roster was seldom-used Jarrett Boykin, who when pressed into action against the Ravens dropped two passes against the Ravens but also had a 43-yard catch and run for his only reception.

The Packers have receiver Myles White, an undrafted rookie, on their practice squad. They lost another one, rookie seventh-round pick Charles Johnson, on Saturday after he was signed off the practice squad by the Cleveland Browns.

Elsewhere:

  • On ESPN.com, we examined the play of the defense, led by perhaps the best game of A.J. Hawk’s career with three sacks. If Cobb and Jones are going to be out even for only a few games, the defense may need some repeat performances. Also, the offense, despite some struggles, did come up with two impressive drives – with big plays from Jermichael Finley and Eddie Lacy – to close out the fourth quarter.

  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde wrote that the game was decided on four turns of events.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote that even though the Ravens aren’t the most explosive offense in the NFL, for the Packers to ride their defense to a victory, it has to say something about a unit that was missing star linebacker Clay Matthews. Mike Vandermause, in his game breakdown, hands out praise for Lacy’s running and criticism for John Kuhn’s mistake when he tried to pick up punt the Packers blocked. Weston Hodkiewicz led his notebook with Hawk’s impressive performance.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob McGinn wrote in his game analysis that the Packers have “regained the physical element that slipped away over the past two seasons.”