The Green Bay Packers feared the worst when wide receiver Randall Cobb went down on just his third play in their week three preseason clash with the Philadelphia Eagles. The initial thought was that his shoulder injury could have been a broken clavicle, but Cobb has since revealed that “it’s not” what the team feared.
Sounds like #Packers dodged a bullet with Randall Cobb’s injury. Teammates left believing it’s minor, that it’s likely just a sprain.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2015
That doesn’t mean Cobb is a lock to face the Chicago Bears in week one. Cobb suggested his sprained shoulder was more of a “day to day” affair, but shoulder injuries have a wide range when it comes to pain and recovery. Details remain fuzzy on exactly what kind of injury Cobb has, but with just two full weeks remaining until the start of the 2015 NFL regular season arrives, Green Bay’s best remaining wide receiver doesn’t have much time to get back to 100%.
Cobb’s long-term health is of the utmost importance with #1 wide receiver Jordy Nelson already being lost for the year with a torn ACL. That being said, the Packers could be in a tough spot come week one, if they have to go into hostile territory without their best passing weapon. Doing so against an angry divisional foe in the Chicago Bears could prove to be difficult.
Fantasy football owners have some thinking to do regarding Cobb, too, as his injury could potentially keep him out of lineups. The absence of Cobb could naturally negatively impact quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as well, while no Cobb could mean massive roles for Davante Adams, Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery. Should that be the case, DFS fantasy football owners may want to jump all over all three Green Bay receivers, as they’re slated to be ultra cheap bargain buys during DraftKings’ crazy $100k fantasy football free roll in week one.
Cobb looks to be fine for the 2015 season as a whole, but Packers fans and fantasy owners alike will have to wait through the next week or so until they know what to expect out of Cobb.