Sport: Packers' Randall Cobb off IR, likely to play vs. 49ers

Randall Cobb has heartfelt goodbye message for Davante Adams

  Randall Cobb has heartfelt goodbye message for Davante Adams Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb offered a heartfelt goodbye to former Packers star wideout Davante Adams on Instagram. It's been a heartbreaking offseason for the small town of Green Bay, Wisconsin, as fans have eagerly awaited to see if its biggest stars would leave town. Wh ile Aaron Rodgers decided to stay, Davante Adams chose to leave. This wasn't just difficult on fans struggling to imagine what the next season looks like—it was tough for Randall Cobb, too. Cobb, who was drafted by the Packers in 2011, has spent nearly ten years total in Green Bay as a wide receiver that Rodgers trusts.

Green Bay Packers veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb returned to the practice field in late December but still hasn't played since he underwent core muscle surgery coming off a win over the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 28. It appears that's about to change at the most important part of the NFL year.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb.

Per Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Packers activated Cobb off injured reserve Thursday and expect the 31-year-old will be available for Saturday's home playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely won't have all of his weapons on the field, though, as fellow wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was listed as doubtful due to the back injury he picked up in Week 18.

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Cobb remarked that he could've played in the regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions if necessary, but the Packers had already secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and a bye before that matchup. The break gave Cobb an extra week to get right before Saturday's showdown at Lambeau Field.


Video: Randall Cobb Activated Off Injured Reserve (Stadium)

Across 12 games this season, Cobb tallied 28 receptions for 375 yards. According to ESPN stats, he finished third among Green Bay receivers with five touchdown catches.

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