GREEN BAY, Wis. – Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb is eligible to play next week against the Dallas Cowboys but given that he hasn’t been cleared to run yet and based on some new information about the injury, that seems like a long shot.
Cobb was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list on Oct. 15 with what was originally reported as a fractured fibula.
However, the injury was actually to the tibia, the larger of the two bones in the lower leg. While it is just a fracture and not a full break, the fact that it was the shinbone and not the smaller fibula might explain why Cobb’s return isn’t a sure thing yet.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Cobb will be tested on Tuesday to see if he can return to practice next week.
But Cobb told ESPNWisconsin.com that he hasn’t even been cleared to run yet.
“I thought I was going to be cleared to run two weeks ago, and I still haven’t,” Cobb said. “I feel pretty good, but until I’m able to run and able to test out, I won’t know exactly where I’m at. It’s kind of hard to tell where I’m at without running.”
As for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field, the Packers have concerns about center Evan Dietrich-Smith’s availability. He did not practice on Friday, two days after he rolled his ankle in practice, and was listed as questionable.
McCarthy did not say how the Packers would proceed if Dietrich-Smith can’t play. T.J. Lang likely would move to center like he did when Dietrich-Smith injured his knee against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, but it’s unclear how they would replace Lang at right guard. Marshall Newhouse replaced Lang initially, but then rookie Lane Taylor finished the game there.
Here’s the full injury report:
Probable – T David Bakhtiari (illness, full participation in Friday’s practice), TE Brandon Bostick (concussion, full participation), LB Jamari Lattimore (quadriceps, full participation), LB Mike Neal (abdomen, limited participation), LB Nick Perry (foot, limited participation), DT Ryan Pickett (knee, limited participation).
Questionable – C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee, did not practice).