GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers believe Randall Cobb has a good chance to be ready for the regular-season opener, a source said Sunday after Cobb underwent tests on his injured right shoulder.
The injury was diagnosed as a sprain after he landed hard on his right shoulder in Saturday's preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. According to the source, the additional tests confirmed team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie's original diagnosis.
Cobb's injury occurred on the team's third play from scrimmage. He landed on his right shoulder while attempting to catch a pass along the sideline. Cobb initially feared he had broken his collarbone.
After the game, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said he did not believe Cobb had suffered a long-term injury, and Cobb described his status as day-to-day.
"I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground, and I had a guy land on top of me," Cobb said after the game. "I was just jogging off the field at the end of the series, and I could feel the pain. I didn't know exactly what it was. It was discomfort, and I let Doc check it out and we went back and got X-rays. It's not what we think it could've been."
Cobb almost certainly won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints, but most of the starters probably won't play anyway.
But his test results gave the Packers hope that they won't have to play the Chicago Bears on Sept. 13 without their top two receivers. They lost Jordy Nelson last Sunday to a season-ending knee injury. Cobb is expected to replace Nelson as the Packers' top receiver.