ESPN reported Sunday that the Green Bay Packers are optimistic that former University of Kentucky star Randall Cobb will be ready for the team's season opener on Sept. 13 against the Chicago Bears.
Cobb hurt his right shoulder early in Saturday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury was diagnosed as a sprain.
"I just caught the ball and I was going down to the ground," Cobb said Saturday night after the game. "I had a guy land on top of me, and I was just jogging off the field at the end of the series. I could feel the pain. I didn't know exactly what it was. It was discomfort and I had (the doctor) check it out. We went and got X-rays and it's not what we think it could have been.
"We thought it could have been collarbone or something, and it's not. Fortunately enough there's a silver lining."
The Packers have already lost another star receiver, Jordy Nelson, to a season-ending knee injury.
"It felt like a bad dream in that situation, having Jordy go down last week and then (only playing) three plays," Cobb said Saturday.
Johnson stars for Chargers
It took three preseason games for former Kentucky wide receiver Stevie Johnson to make his first catch — a 34-yarder on third down — for the San Diego Chargers. He didn't stop there.
Johnson finished with four receptions for 63 yards in the team's preseason game Saturday night against Seattle. The 29-year-old, who previously starred for the Buffalo Bills, showed some of the talent that was missing in his lone season with the San Francisco 49ers last year.
Johnson gave credit to his new team and teammates.
"There is something special about being here," he said in a report on the Chargers' website. "I've always wanted to be a part of a team like this. To have the type of quarterback (Philip Rivers) we have here, with this type of system and these teammates and coaches. This is probably the back end of my career, but I think it could be the best. I'm excited to be a part of this team, and what we are building."
The Chargers plan to take advantage of Johnson's ability to play both inside and outside.
"You need to be versatile in order to be effective in this type of offense," Johnson said. "They will need me to do a lot, and I have to be able to do it. This is not your regular, typical offense. ... That is what I love about this team. We have a lot of talent, great coaching and a great quarterback all on the same page. And our quarterback has the freedom that he needs. Not a lot of teams give their quarterback that freedom. So the sky is the limit if we are able to master all we have to."
Chargers Coach Mike McCoy was pleased with Johnson's performance.
"That's what we brought him here for," McCoy said in the report on Chargers.com. "(I'm) really happy for him, because as hard as he's worked, and what he's done, he didn't get a lot of opportunities the first couple of weeks."
Rivers said he and Johnson have been building a strong rapport during training camp.
"It was really good (to get him going)," Rivers said. "He hadn't had a catch those first two games. We hadn't been in there a ton. I don't think he was getting impatient, but I know he was eager and looking forward to getting involved in the game."
Trevathan makes return
Danny Trevathan played for the Denver Broncos on Saturday for the first time since Dec. 14, 2014. The former UK linebacker missed most of last season with three left leg injuries — a pair of fractures in the knee area, and also a dislocated kneecap.
While he only had one tackle and didn't play an entire half, he was just happy to be back on the field against the San Francisco 49ers.
"It felt good," Trevathan said in a report on the Broncos' website. "I had to get the little nervousness out of my system. But I felt good being out there and getting that thump out of the way and just getting ready for the regular season. It was a good game for me to go out there and give it a shot."
Trevathan said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips didn't put any pressure on him and told him to simply enjoy being back on the field.
"I love the way Coach Wade gave it to us," Trevathan said. "He just told us to go out there, play and have fun. He says just have fun and play ball, and that was just a burden lifted off me because I like to go have fun and be full speed."
Smith a work in progress
Saturday's game — a 31-13 loss to Washington — didn't go well for most of the Baltimore Ravens' rookies. That included linebacker Za'Darius Smith, a fourth-round pick out of Kentucky.
Smith had three tackles, but committed an illegal use of the hands penalty that didn't sit well with Coach John Harbaugh. The Baltimore Sun reported that it was the second game in which he committed that infraction.
"He has a lot to learn about playing," Harbaugh told the Sun. "He has had way too many times where he has a one-hand-stab pass rush that slides up into the face or chin, or whatever. He has done it in practice and he has done it in games. That has to stop. I told him that. You have to be good enough or come up with another couple of pass-rush moves so that doesn't happen. That's a foolish penalty. There's no reason for that. That's bad technique."
Dupree's foot injury minor
Bud Dupree, the Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 1 draft pick out of Kentucky, left Saturday's preseason game early because of a sore foot.
However, he said it was a pre-existing injury and that it isn't significant.
"I've been hoping it heals and gets better, and I was hoping to play through it, but it just wasn't," Dupree told DKPittsburghSports.com. "I'm sure it'll be fine."