Packers injury update: WR Randall Cobb returns to training
Green Bay’s training participation, at least from a 53-man roster perspective, did not change on Thursday. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (toe), left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee), right tackle Billy Turner (knee) and defensive tackle Tyler Lancaster (back), as well as reserve / Covid-19 roster players , did not participate in the training. Fresh out of activation, cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder), tight end Dominique Dafney (ankle) and running back Aaron Jones (knee) were limited participants for practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
The big surprise in the open media portion of the Packers’ practice today was the fact that wide receiver Randall Cobb was doing routes with the team. Cobb is on the injured reserve, which means the team are entering their 21-day training window which allows them to return to the active roster any time before January 19. Cobb was placed in IR in Week 13 after a heart injury knocked him out of the second half against the Houston Texans. He was a key third down target for the Packers this season.
A surprise here in Green Bay: Randall Cobb is back in training after undergoing abdominal muscle surgery about a month ago. It has been designated to return out of IR.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling is also back (the first in this video) on the reserve / COVID-19 list. pic.twitter.com/dKxi6nvijR
– Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) December 30, 2021
The Packers have also officially activated the reserve list / Covid-19 Marquez Valdes-Scantling receiver, which was reported yesterday. In pre-workout presser, head coach Matt LaFleur said the team had a “contingency plan” to the punter if Corey Bojorquez did not come off the reserve / Covid-19 list by Sunday , but did not specify what those plans would be. The team currently has two kickers on the roster, Mason Crosby (53-man roster) and JJ Molson (practice team), but no punter. Crosby kicked a ball in preseason this year and kicked a ball as a senior in Colorado in 2006, however.
Minnesota Vikings are healthier for them Sunday night football match, as only cornerback Cameron Dantzler (calf) was the team’s only non-participant in practice on Thursday.