Packers' Randall Cobb Out Indefinitely With Core Muscle Injury, Matt LaFleur Says

Adam WellsDecember 9, 2021

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 28: Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers in the tunnel before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on November 28, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers will have to make due for the time being without wide receiver Randall Cobb. 

Head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters on Thursday that Cobb is going to be out "for awhile" with a "pretty significant" core-muscle injury he suffered in the Packers' Week 12 win over the Los Angeles Rams. 

According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, Cobb's season is "in jeopardy" after he underwent surgery. 

Cobb didn't play in the second half against the Rams because of a groin injury.

Per Christopher Kuhagen of PackersNews.com, Cobb appeared to suffer the injury during the first quarter when he was seen getting treatment on the sidelines. He was able to return to the game and had a productive first half, recording a season-high 95 yards on four receptions. 

Since the Packers had a bye last week, it's unclear when Cobb injured his core muscle or if the injury is related to the groin injury. He didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, per the team's official report

Losing Cobb leaves a significant void on Green Bay's offense. He is tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions (five), ranks second in receiving yards (375), and third in targets (39) and receptions (28). 

Davante Adams is, by far, Aaron Rodgers' favorite target in the passing game. He has more receiving yards (1,083) than the next three players on the Packers' roster combined (982). 

Allen Lazard will likely move into Cobb's role as the primary slot receiver. The four-year veteran has 223 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games this season. 

Running back Aaron Jones could also see an increased role in the passing game. He ranks second on the team in targets (48) and receptions (37). The 27-year-old has already set a career high with four touchdown catches. 

The Packers are hosting the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. They will clinch the NFC North title with a win and a loss by the Minnesota Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.