Starter Pack: Big week for Cobb, Rodgers

December, 17, 2013
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A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When receiver Randall Cobb was seen running routes and catching passes from backup quarterback Scott Tolzien at AT&T Stadium on Sunday before the Packers' game against the Dallas Cowboys, that was the strongest evidence yet that he could be close to a return.

It was the first time he had been seen working out in public since he fractured his tibia on Oct. 13 and was subsequently placed on the temporary injured reserve list.

Cobb was eligible to return against the Cowboys but was not cleared to return. That could come this week.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Cobb worked out again Monday and received positive reviews.

“I was told [the workout] was very good,” McCarthy said. “He's moving. Everything looks good. We'll see how he is [Tuesday]. Wednesday is really kind of the day that we set the plan for all the players.”

Even if Cobb returns to practice on Wednesday, it's not a given he would be activated for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cobb is not currently on the 53-man roster. A spot would have to be cleared for him to return.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
  • Shortly after the Baltimore Ravens beat the Detroit Lions on "Monday Night Football" -- a result that put Green Bay's playoff chances in its own hands -- several Packers' players expressed their excitement on Twitter.
  • Wednesday also will be a big day for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. McCarthy said Rodgers' collarbone will be evaluated again that morning to determine whether he could return this week.
  • If the Packers were considering shutting down Rodgers for the season just to be on the safe side, it might be time to reconsider given that their comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday kept them in contention in the NFC North.
  • Speaking of that victory over the Cowboys, it was still a hot topic of conversation a day later. A 23-point comeback will do that.
  • One key aspect of that victory was McCarthy's willingness to stick with the running game and the Cowboys decision to go away from theirs.
  • A look at four hot topics from Sunday's game can be found in the Upon Further Review feature.
Elsewhere:
  • At ESPNMilwaukee.com, Jason Wilde wrote that McCarthy called Green Bay home for him and his family when he was asked during his news conference about his name being linked to the head coaching job at the University of Texas.
  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Rich Ryman took a tour of the Packers' recently-opened facilities at Lambeau Field, which include a new dining area for players and coaches, a new weight room and a 30-yard indoor field where the team can conduct walk-through sessions. There is video to go along with the story.
  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne wrote that with or without Rodgers, the Packers will probably rely heavily on the running of Eddie Lacy down the stretch.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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