James Jones May Play This Week, Randall Cobb is Out

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Good news. Bad news. The Green Bay Packers may have one of their injured receivers available when they face Cleveland this week. James Jones was diagnosed with a sprained PCL, but has a chance to play on Sunday.

Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that, but also said Randall Cobb, who injured his knee, won’t play this week.

“James, it’s my understanding he has a chance [to play this week]. Randall does not have a chance. Randall will be out multiple weeks,” McCarthy said.

Now, sources are saying Cobb will miss six to eight weeks. He has a broken fibula.

With both Jones and Cobb down, the Packers were left with just Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin at receiver on Sunday. They may be forced to add another guy to the roster this week.

“These are the discussions that have been going on all day,” McCarthy said.

On Sunday, the Packers were forced to go with more two tight end sets than they usually employ.

Whatever route they go, the Packers are in for a challenge this weekend. Cleveland has the seventh-rated defense in the NFL and they’re eighth against the pass, giving up an average of 214.3 yards per game.

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22 Comments on "James Jones May Play This Week, Randall Cobb is Out"

  1. Cleveland does have a stout defense, but the Detroit kittens, with CJ primarily a decoy, put four passing TDs and decent yardarge on them in Cleveland yesterday….

  2. Andy

    It the might benefit the run game too if we go with some more heavy sets. I’d like to see them work franklin in to some of those plays that cobb got, like the toss out the back field. they seem to be using less 4-5 sets this year anyway so as long as you have 3 guys in there the pass O should keep to what it has been so far anyway, which is inconsistent occasionally coming up with a big play.

  3. Disposable h3ro

    Fractured fibula = 6-8 weeks out. Jones might benefit from more time to heal but who’s available? M. White? Not sure who we would replace on the 53 man roster. TT and MM will likely be working overtime this week.

    • Vijay

      Nope….Myles White elevated and they are signing Tavarres King off of Denver’s practice squad. Sneaky fast, confident guys.

  4. rebelgb

    They wont bring back Driver, the organization was shooting that down last night already. Really after his disrespect to Arodge, why should they? I love DD but fuck him.

    The fact that neither injury is season ending is good news. I like us being full strength by week 14 or so. As long as we are in the playoffs we are fine.

    If this forces the dripshit meathead that is our coach to finally adopt the iformation and run the fucking ball a bit more, im all for it.

    • GBslacker

      They’re not going to pay him $2+ mil to do nothing but study the offense — it’d be a month before he’s in tune.

      Plus, he’s a free agent next year…
      Ted won’t pay a draft pick for an eight-game rental.
      Ted won’t trade people: where we’re deep, we’re injured.

  5. Iltarion

    Yeah, we touched base with NYG about Nicks, but as soon as NYG stated his price tag, that was the end of the conversation.

    The Packers can make the playoffs without Cobb, just as long as we get Jones back. Having Jones and Nelson on each side and Finley in the slot with Rodgers pulling the trigger is still a pretty daunting passing attack.

    Having Finley or any other TE in the slot is a better formation for the run game anyway. It gives us another blocker on that side.

    This is a creative solution to the problem of having a Week 4 bye. No matter now, because a significant portion of our team will be coming off a break before the stretch run anyway.

  6. Iltarion

    Oh, and by the way, I don’t buy that James Jones has any chance of playing this week. The Packers simply don’t want to tell the Browns a week ahead of time that they only need to double cover Nelson and call it a day.

  7. Nacho Libre

    That’d be great if they sign Nicks next season. Another weapon for A-Rod wouldn’t hurt at all.

    • Mike R

      I would say there is about a 0.1% chance of that happening. The only way TT signs free agents is when they are a bargain. Nicks will not be, plus, he gets hurt every year for about 8 games. not worth the price tag. We would be better off signing Jones to an extension.

  8. Abe Frohman

    I think Cobb is fortunate it was a break and not a ligament or tendon problem. Those take a lot longer to heal, and because of the scar tissue, don’t heal as well.

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