The Green Bay Packers can still make a run into the NFL playoffs, and in fact, their destiny is in their own hands. If the Packers win out, they will win the NFC North, and that would be a miracle considering the injuries this team has had to deal with in 2013.
The collarbone injury to Aaron Rodgers is, of course, the biggest one that has afflicted Green Bay this season, but losing wideout Randall Cobb was another huge blow.
Cobb was well on his way toward becoming one of the most explosive offensive players in the NFL before he broke his tibia in October, and the Packers offense hasn’t been the same without him. Losing Rodgers was devastating for the unit, and the team in general, but the case can be made that either Scott Tolzien or Matt Flynn would have had a lot more help with Cobb out on the field.
That day may come sooner rather than later according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. First, it turns out that Cobb was running routes before the game in Dallas, which is always a good sign. Mike McCarthy, Packers head coach, also offered up some good news on the wideout, per Demovsky:
“I was told [the workout] was very good,” McCarthy said. “He’s moving. Everything looks good. We’ll see how he is [Tuesday]. Wednesday is really kind of the day that we set the plan for all the players.”
If both Cobb and Rodgers are cleared to play sooner rather than later, this Packers team could end up being a dangerous draw if it does indeed make the playoffs.