Randall Cobb placed on short-term injured reserve

Cobb hits the shelf: Packers place versatile WR on short-term I.R.

10/16/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones injured his knee in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens, and he now looks questionable - at best - for Week 7. At least the Packers have a number of other talented receivers, right? Unfortunately, when it rains, it pours.

Blog Photo - Randall Cobb placed on short-term injured reserveRandall Cobb - who leads the Packers in receptions while ranking second on the team in receiving yards and touchdowns - also suffered an injury on Sunday. It originally looked like a knee injury that wouldn't hold him out for too long (ESPN reported that he was expected to miss two weeks), but X-rays revealed a broken fibula.

The initial timetable for Cobb's broken leg was 6-8 weeks, but the Packers have decided to let Cobb take his time recovering, as they have put him on injured reserve/designation to return.

The short-term injured reserve rules will keep Cobb from practicing with the team for the next six weeks, and he won't be eligible to play in a game until Week 15. Fantasy owners can feel safe dropping him, as there's no telling if he'll even be relied on to produce when he is eligible to return.

It's a shame to see Cobb, who was building on his great sophomore campaign, go down at this time. He was on pace for 93 catches for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns.

If James Jones ends up missing Week 7, that would leave the Packers with just Jordy Nelson and 2012 undrafted free agent Jarrett Boykin as the only receivers on their roster. Tight end Jermichael Finley - who has plenty experience split out wide - may begin taking more snaps as a wide receiver as well.

Regardless of who is playing what position, Nelson and Finley should be in for a nice uptick in targets, while Boykin - Virginia Tech's all-time leading receiver - will have an opportunity to carve out a significant role for himself if Jones misses any time. Jones should become a more consistent producer in the wake of Cobb's injury, as well.

The Packers' use three wide receivers in their base formation, so all four of the aforemetioned players (Nelson, Finley, Boykin, and Jones) should continue to get looks until Cobb returns. What we will watching for is how Cobb's targets will be distributed now that he is sidelined.
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