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Cobb works out, McCarthy sounds encouraged

Dec 17, 2013 -- 12:50am
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Randall Cobb hasn't played since suffering a fractured tibia in his right leg against Baltimore on Oct. 13.

GREEN BAY – Maybe the Green Bay Packers will get not one but two of their biggest offensive weapons back for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field.

While Packers coach Mike McCarthy said quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t be evaluated until Wednesday, wide receiver Randall Cobb continues to show progress as he battles back from a fractured tibia in his right leg suffered Oct. 13 at Baltimore.

Cobb was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return after the injury and was eligible to come off that list last week. He was not ready for game action, but he was cleared to run, which was a major milepost in his comeback.

McCarthy said Cobb worked out Monday for the training and medical staffs and the coach sounded an optimistic tone in his usual day-after-the-game press conference.

“Randall Cobb’s workout I was told today was very good,” McCarthy said. “He’s moving. Everything looks good. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. Wednesday is really kind of the day that we set the plan for all the players.”

Cobb had caught a team-leading 29 passes this season for 378 yards (second to Jordy Nelson’s 484) and two touchdowns at the time of his injury. It has been nine weeks and one day since the injury.

“When it happened, they said best-case was six to eight weeks,” Cobb said recently. “Worst case, I wouldn’t play the rest of the season. I’d be ready for next season, obviously, with a full year of recovery, but … that’s just where we’re at.”

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