Cobb, Rodgers play same (waiting) game

November, 20, 2013
11/20/13
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In some ways, Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb are going through the same thing.

Both the Green Bay Packers quarterback and one of their top receivers can do little more than wait for their broken bones to heal.

At least that’s what we thought.

While Rodgers spoke at one end of the Packers’ locker room on Wednesday, reiterating that he remains unsure when he will return from the broken collarbone he sustained on Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears, Cobb spoke to reporters for the first time since his Oct. 13 leg injury against the Baltimore Ravens that landed him on the injured reserve/designated to return list.

When asked about the similarity to Rodgers, who’s major source of healing is time, Cobb said: “Did I break a bone? I don’t where that [came from]. … A broken bone? I don’t know about that.”

The injury was initially reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a fractured fibula. The report, citing a source, said Cobb nearly broke the fibula all the way through. ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen then confirmed the report and said Cobb would miss 6-8 weeks.

When asked if the reports were inaccurate, Cobb said: “It wasn’t what it was, but hey."

Cobb refused to reveal the details of his injury.

Nevertheless, the Packers placed him on the temporary injured reserve list, which essentially confirmed the 6-8 week timeframe. Cobb, who was the Packers’ leading receiver at the time, is eligible to begin practicing next week and could return for the Dec. 15 game at the Dallas Cowboys.

Neither date, however, is a sure thing.

“It’s not a target date; it’s the earliest I could come back depending on where I am in my rehab,” Cobb said. “I can’t make that call right now. Right now, today, I cannot play. So I’m doing everything I can, I’m working my butt off in the rehab process, but this is something that needs time. It’s getting better.”

Cobb had been using a motorized cart, a Segway, to get around and keep weight off his injured right leg. He no longer needs that or crutches. He went on his first road trip since the injury, traveling with the team last weekend to the game against the New York Giants.

Meanwhile, Rodgers said he has not had a recent X-ray on his collarbone.

“It’s a medical decision; I think he’s addressed it,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. “You’re talking about the healing of a bone, so until [team physician] Dr. [Pat] McKenzie and Aaron feel like we’re in a spot to talk about playing, we’ll talk about it. That did not happen today.”

Rodgers, who has done his ESPN Milwaukee radio show each week since the injury but had not spoken in the locker room until Wednesday, reiterated what he said Tuesday on his show that that he would need to practice two days before the first game that he plays in.

“So that’s Friday of this week or Tuesday of next week,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, limited to zero participation today depending on what you consider coaching tips. So just [playing] the waiting game and see what happens.”

Just like Cobb. Sort of.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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