Cobb: ‘I don’t plan on missing a game’
Wide receiver injured in Saturday's game against the Eagles
GREEN BAY, Wis. — At one point during Tuesday’s final practice of training camp, the Green Bay Packers lined Davante Adams, Myles White and Jeff Janis up with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the No. 1 offense.
If his injured right shoulder progresses the way he expects, Randall Cobb does not anticipate that being the lineup for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener at Chicago.
“I don’t plan on missing a game,” said Cobb, who obviously won’t play in Thursday night’s preseason finale against New Orleans at Lambeau Field. “I’m doing everything in my power to get back before then, but we still don’t know severity. We’ve still got to get a lot of the swelling out. It definitely is a lot better then what we all thought it was in the beginning.”
Cobb, who initially feared that he’d fractured his collarbone the way Rodgers had back in November 2013, was injured on the third offensive play of Saturday night’s preseason loss to Philadelphia after leaping to catch a Brett Hundley pass on the left sideline and landing hard on his shoulder before an Eagles defender toppled onto him.
The Packers already lost wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the year with the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in his right knee at Pittsburgh on Aug. 23, and projected No. 3 receiver Ty Montgomery missed Tuesday’s practice with what a team spokesman termed “hamstring tightness.”
Cobb was reluctant to say how quickly he’ll be back to 100 percent, and it’s possible that he’ll have to face the Bears while still in some measure of pain or discomfort.
“Just taking it day-by-day right now, just trying to figure out exactly how long it’s going to be,” Cobb said. “We can’t put a time estimate on when it’s going to be (healed). But we’re not even 72 hours away from when I hurt it.
“It bothers me, obviously. It is an injury still, I think it will be something that’ll be fine.”
Asked how important it will be for him to practice next week in preparation for the opener, Cobb reminded reporters that he didn’t do much during the week leading up to the 2013 regular-season finale after missing most of the season with a lower leg fracture.
“I didn’t practice much going into the Bears going into 2013 and came back after 10 weeks,” Cobb said. “So I don’t think that really matters.”