In a week that has been filled with unfortunate COVID news, the Green Bay Packers finally got some good news on Thursday. Randall Cobb and Marqez Valdes-Scantling both returned to practice ahead of the team’s Sunday Night matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. In addition, Jaire Alexander was spotted at practice as well.
Randall Cobb returned to practice today for the first time following his core muscle surgery. Cobb sustained the injury in the first half of the Packers 36-28 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12. Before leaving with the injury, Cobb was having the best game of the season. In just two quarters of play, Cobb caught four passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.
The big question is whether or not Cobb will be able to play on Sunday against the Vikings. Cobb’s injury was sustained four weeks ago. When Allen Lazard suffered the same injury last season, he was out for six weeks. Cobb’s return to practice is certainly good news, but he probably will not be active on Sunday. The fact that he is practicing now, though, indicates that he will be ready for the playoffs.
Whereas the Packers may have to wait a few more weeks for Randall Cobb to be ready for game action, MVS is making his return and should be ready to play on Sunday. MVS missed last week’s Christmas game against the Cleveland Browns while on the Reserve/COVID List.
MVS’ return to the field is coming at a great time for the Packers. In his last game before going on the COVID list, he had five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. In the Packers first game against the Vikings this year, he had four catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. With the Vikings secondary struggling this season, having a deep field threat like MVS is going to be important.
- Jaire Alexander returned to practice, but Matt LaFleur said that he is still weeks away from being game ready.
- Kevin King also returned to practice after missing last week. Like MVS, he was on the Reserve/COVID List.
- Punter Corey Bojorquez is one of the players the Packers have placed on the Reserve/COVID list this week. Under the new protocols, he could be cleared to play if he does not exhibit symptoms. Matt LaFleur said the team does have a plan if he cannot go, but would not tell reporters what it was.
- In reference to the prior point, here is a video of Packers’ practice squad (and fan favorite) Kurt Benkert punting in high school