GREEN BAY – Randall Cobb continued to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, as the Packers’ receiver works his way back from a hamstring injury that’s sidelined him for six games this season.
Prior to the injury, the former Pro Bowler had a career day in the Packers’ regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears with nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown.
While it remains to be seen whether the former Pro Bowler will be back on the field this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, Cobb is still setting the tone on the practice field for the Packers’ young receivers.
“It would be great to get Randall back,” said Head Coach Mike McCarthy, acknowledging Thursday’s practice will shed more light on Cobb’s availability.
“He does all the little things right. We were commenting on him in the offensive staff meeting last tonight. You go down to do our Wednesday practice, and you’re in a unit drill and whatever speed you’re going, and he’s doing all the little things exactly right – the footwork, the placement. You can see why he’s such a good player and he’s an exceptional example for our young players.”
The Packers had eight players sit out of Wednesday’s practice, including starting left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) and left guard Lane Taylor (quad). Bakhtiari didn’t go in specifics about the injury, but told reporters Wednesday he’s doing everything in his power to be on the field against the Cardinals and Pro Bowl pass-rusher Chandler Jones, who has 11 sacks on the season.
“We’ve been very impressed with Chandler Jones,” McCarthy said. “He jumps off the tape. He’ll obviously be a focal point for us.”
Meanwhile, the Packers continue to monitor cornerbacks Kevin King (hamstring) and Bashaud Breeland (groin), who sat out last Sunday against the Vikings. McCarthy pointed King is “a little further ahead” after practicing in a limited capacity Wednesday.