Bay Packers' Jeff Janis celebrates his touchdown catch with
fans during the second half of an NFL football game against
the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay,
GREEN BAY —
Packers rookie Ty Montgomery watched fellow receiver Randall Cobb
get hurt and briefly thought the worst over the weekend.
"I was just
thinking, 'Man, that sucks!' But we've got to keep moving,"
Montgomery said. "We don't know what's going to happen, but we
definitely need everybody that's in this (locker) room to step
As it turns out,
Cobb appears to have dodged a major injury in Saturday night's 39-26
preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He sprained his shoulder
after coming down hard on his right side while trying to catch a
pass and a defender landed on him.
Cobb said after the
game he initially thought that he might have hurt his collarbone,
but X-rays showed that was not the case.
Still, it's unclear
how long Cobb might be out. The Packers were off Sunday and did not
have availability with media on Monday. Green Bay holds its last
open practice of training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the
final preseason game Thursday against New Orleans.
Coach Mike McCarthy
has indicated he doesn't think Cobb's injury is anywhere near as bad
as the season-ending right knee injury that No. 1 receiver Jordy
Nelson suffered last week in Pittsburgh.
Both Nelson and
Cobb were hurt during the Packers' first offensive series in each
Eagles' E.J. Biggers is called for pass interference on a pass
play to Green Bay Packers' Myles White (19) during the second
half of an NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green
certainly will miss the final preseason contest. That means even
more chances for young receivers being relied upon to fill in for
Nelson to make strong impressions.
"I think I did
my part. I think I did what was asked of me, and I feel like a lot
of the other guys around me did the same thing because I felt like
we were moving the ball well on offense," Montgomery said after
third-round pick out of Stanford, had two catches for 71 yards,
including a 52-yarder. If Cobb is ready for the season opener on
Sept. 13 against the Bears, Montgomery would likely serve as the
team's third receiver behind Cobb and promising second-year player
The depth chart
after those three players will be rounded out after the Saints game.
Bay Packers' Randall Cobb goes up for a pass during the first
half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. Cobb left the
field after the play.
Philadelphia, Myles White had nine catches for 89 yards, including
an impressive 20-yard grab on third-and-4 in the third quarter.
Setting up near the sideline, White had to reach back across his
body to his right to catch a pass from rookie Brett Hundley.
Defensive back E.J. Biggers was also whistled for pass interference
on the play.
For White, a
second-year player, it was the kind of reception that could stick in
the minds of coaches as they make roster decisions with cuts
you're looking for with Myles," McCarthy said. "You talk
about a young man that has just busted his butt the whole time he's
receiver, 6-foot-3 Jeff Janis, has the size the Packers will miss in
the receiving corps without Nelson. Janis has had an inconsistent
camp, though he finished with three catches for 72 yards, including
a 27-yard touchdown catch.
The Packers could
be on the lookout for veteran help at receiver as teams make cuts.
The need will be less acute if Cobb doesn't miss time.