Aaron Rodgers' receiving corps took a big hit in Week 6, as Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday that Randall Cobb will miss "multiple weeks" with a knee injury, per Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
MM: Jones has a chance to play this week. Randall does not have a chance. Will be "multiple weeks."— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 14, 2013
Later on Monday, Dunne reported that Cobb broke his fibula and will be out 6-to-8 weeks:
Source also said that Cobb "nearly broke the fibula all the way through." Was adamant that this will take 6-8 weeks to recover from.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 14, 2013
Cobb went down in the second quarter of Sunday's 19-17 win against the Baltimore Ravens after making a 15-yard catch:
The Packers have some big shoes to fill without Cobb, who has been Rodgers' favorite target since the start of the 2012 season. Cobb currently leads the team in receptions (29) and targets (44) while also leading the team in those categories during 2012, with 80 catches on 104 targets. In those 20 games, he's amassed 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Rodgers was also irked with the hit that landed Cobb on the sidelines, telling ESPNWisconsin.com's Jason Wilde it was "a questionable play on the hit on Randall" and "I just felt like (Elam) had enough time to make a hit in the legal hitting zone.”
Cobb wasn't the only Packers wideout to leave Sunday's contest, either. ESPN's Adam Schefter also provided an update on receiver James Jones, who exited with his own knee injury:
Packers WR James Jones sprained his PCL vs. Ravens but might be able to play Sunday vs. Clev. Team will make decision later this week.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2013
The Packers official website currently lists Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin as the only other two healthy receivers on the active roster. Boykin showed some speed on a 43-yard catch-and-run to help set up a Mason Crosby field goal against the Ravens, while Nelson is still capable of big plays like this 64-yard touchdown catch:
Rookie receiver Myles White is listed on the practice squad, while Dunne reported that the Packers added wideout Reggie Dunn to the practice squad Monday:
WR Reggie Dunn signed back to the Packers' practice squad.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 14, 2013
With Cobb out and Jones iffy for the weekend, the Packers are fortunate that rookie running back Eddie Lacy has looked like a legit NFL featured back the past two weeks. Against Baltimore, he rushed for a career-high 120 yards on 23 carries, a week after totaling 23 carries for 99 yards:
Rodgers hasn't looked as comfortable in the pocket this season compared to past years, but he's still among the league's best. Look for Boykin to grow into an expanded role, while the offense could continue to lean on the running game more than in previous seasons with the emergence of Lacy.