Returning less likely for Cobb

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Fantasy football players are going to be pretty upset as it’s looking more and more like Randall Cobb won’t be returning punts and kicks for the Green Bay Packers. While no player on the roster has proven to be better yet injuries may force Mike McCarthy’s hands. The Packers receiving corps has suffered injuries but it’s not just injuries to others, Cobb has been shut down thanks to his own injury.

Following practice on Wednesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the team plans to shut down Randall Cobb for the next two days with the bicep injury he’s been playing through, adding that the 22-year-old receiver would be “stressed” to play in Saturday’s preseason game in St. Louis.

As recently as July 31, McCarthy said he’d use Cobb as his returner if the Packers “were going to play a game tomorrow,” but that sentiment could change with injuries mounting in the receiving corps and Jordy Nelson already out for the rest of training camp after undergoing a knee procedure. (Packers News – Green Bay Press Gazette)

I’m thinking the current biceps injury is what’s going to keep Cobb from returning punts and kicks this year, unless its absolutely needed. He’s just too valuable to the Packers offense to be used as a returner if he keeps getting hurt. Remember he did lose his kick return responsibilities at the end of last season because of an ankle injury.

It will suck for us fantasy geeks who love his ability to score points in multiple categories but for the Packers long term success it’s a move they’re most likely going to have to make. Shawn Slocum, the special teams coach, says they haven’t made that or any decisions regarding the return game.

“We still have not made a decision on how we’re going to handle the return game,” Packers special-teams coach Shawn Slocum said. “We have a number of guys here in camp, starting with Randall and Jeremy who did it for us last year, and we’re still looking at some of the other guys as we get all the information based on the whole picture.”(Packers News – Green Bay Press Gazette)

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