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Cobb Timeline Fits History of Injury

A 2013 study led by Northwestern's T. Shawn Lynch provides a reasonable timeline for Randall Cobb to play in Week 1.

Exhale. The Green Bay Packers’ season is alive and well.

According to’s Ian Rapoport, Pro Bowl receiver Cobb suffered a “minor” sprain of the AC joint during the first series of Saturday’s preseason game against Philadelphia. According to’s Rob Demovsky, the team is hopeful Cobb will be ready for the Week 1 game at Chicago.

That game is 14 days away. For a recent comparable, Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a similar injury at practice on Aug. 6. He returned to practice on Aug. 23 — 17 days later — but has not played in the preseason. However, in a 2013 study of more than 720 NFL players sustaining AC sprains over the span of 12 seasons, the average time missed for players not requiring surgery was 9.8 days. Based on that timeline, Cobb would have the full practice week to get ready for Chicago.

“I don’t think it will be (a long-term injury),” Cobb said after the game. “We’re just taking it day by day right now.”

Cobb was injured on the third offensive play of the game, when an Eagles defender fell on Cobb as Cobb tumbled to the ground while trying to catch a pass. Cobb said the training staff thought it might be an injured collarbone. Paired with Jordy Nelson's torn ACL, the Packers' season would have been on extremely thin ice.

“I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground, and I had a guy land on top of me," Cobb said. "I was just jogging off the field at the end of the series, and I could feel the pain. I didn't know exactly what it was. It was discomfort, and I let Doc (Pat McKenzie) check it out and we went back and got X-rays. It's not what we think it could've been.”

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