Packers hopeful that Randall Cobb's knee injury isn't as bad as it looked

Milwaukee Journal SentinelOctober 13, 2013 

BALTIMORE — Though Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy is typically evasive about the extent of injuries, he expressed hope some hope that wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones didn't suffer devastating injuries Sunday against Baltimore.

The receivers' teammate, Jordy Nelson, also said that he was told the injuries could have been worse.

"We're always worried when someone goes out," Nelson said. "As far as I know, it's not possibly as bad as it could have been. So, hopefully that stays the course. We'll find out more this week and hopefully it's a quick recovery.

"We'll miss them when they're gone."

Jones left the game on the Packers' second series after getting hit from behind while blocking for running back Eddie Lacy. At first it looked like it was his right knee, but later he had a bag of ice on his shin. He was able to walk off the field but did not return to the game.

The official word was that it was a shin injury. He was seen on the sideline wearing a full-leg brace under his sweats and was able to walk on his own.

Cobb, the former University of Kentucky star, was hurt at the end of the first half when he caught a pass over the middle from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Safety Matt Elam went low and hit Cobb hard on his right knee, causing him to flip over.

He had to limp off the field with the help of the trainers and was taken from the sidelines to the locker room on a cart. He later returned to the sidelines wearing a full-leg brace and using crutches.

McCarthy was not ready to answer any questions about whether Cobb's absence would be lengthy.

"We'll find out tomorrow," McCarthy said. "I'm hopeful for good information tomorrow once we get him back. James Jones, I'm hoping for good information there, too. We don't have a full diagnosis on either one of those guys."

Cobb finished with four catches for 53 yards and Jones one for 10.

No one really stepped in for the two until Nelson hauled in a 64-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers in the third quarter. Rodgers play-action faked to Lacy and then threw behind the safety to a wide-open Nelson for the touchdown, extending the Packers' lead to 16-3.

Receiver Jarrett Boykin dropped a pair of passes and was a disappointment until turning a slip screen into a 43-yard gain during a third quarter drive that ended in a field goal.

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