While coach Mike McCarthy announced on Thursday that Rodgers was preparing to make his return on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, receiver Randall Cobb moved a step closer to doing the same. If all goes well during Cobb's medical checkup on Friday, that, too, could happen Sunday against the Bears.
Cobb remains on the injured reserve/designated to return list because of the broken right tibia he sustained on Oct. 13, but he practiced in pads Thursday for the first time since his injury. Cobb returned to practice on a limited basis last week.
“I think Tuesday and today was the first day that I actually did some cutting and didn’t think about it,” Cobb said after practice. “That’s definitely progress, and that’s definitely confidence to me, for me, in my knee. I think that’s very important for the next step.”
Cobb often has referred to his injury as his knee because his tibia fracture was just below the knee.
The Packers would have to add Cobb on the roster by Saturday in order for him to play Sunday, but they currently have two open roster spots that have gone unfilled since defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (neck) and tight end Brandon Bostick (foot) were placed on injured reserve last week.
“I feel a lot better now than probably I did this morning,” McCarthy said of Cobb after Thursday’s practice. “He definitely took a step in that direction.”
At the time of his injury, Cobb was the Packers’ leading receiver with 29 catches for 378 yards through five games.
Here’s the full injury report:
LB Brad Jones (ankle, did not practice)
RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, did not practice)
OLB Clay Matthews (thumb, out)
OLB Mike Neal (abdomen, limited participation)
OLB Nick Perry (foot, limited participation)
DT Ryan Pickett (knee, limited participation)
TE Andrew Quarless (ankle, limited participation)
QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, full participation)
TE Ryan Taylor (illness, did not practice)