Green Bay Packers are set to face division rivals Detroit Lions on Sunday without their wide receiver Randall Cobb, who has been officially ruled out for the game on Friday morning. This means that Cobb, who suffered a hamstring injury during practice last week, will miss his second consecutive game.
This was an expected decision since the 28-year-old told reporters on Thursday that he isn’t 100 percent satisfied with his recovery progress.
“I think we’ve still got some progress to make before I think both sides would be comfortable,” – said Cobb. “It’s a long season, and we’re on Game 5, but at the same time, it’s a short season, and we’re on Game 5. So it’s trying to balance both of those. If something was to happen and I reinjure the same hamstring, it’s going to put me out for double the time. So it’s trying to be smart on both sides of it, which I struggle with because I play through emotion.“
In the first three games of 2018 season, Randall Cobb caught 17 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown. He was particularly impressive in the comeback win against the Chicago Bears when he had had nine receptions for 142 yards.
Being without Cobb isn’t the only problem Packers are facing, since it remains unclear whether Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison, the other two of their leading three wide receivers, will be able to play.
Adams is still questionable after suffering a calf injury in practice on Wednesday, but the team is hopeful that he will make enough progress until Sunday. Allison, on the other side, is in concussion protocol but according to head coach Mike McCarthy: “there’s hope for Geronimo.”
If things don’t turn the way Green Bay Packers hope, Aaron Rodgers might be forced to three rookie receivers, out of which only fifth-round pick Marquez Valdes-Scantling has caught a pass in the NFL.