Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson talks to Randall Cobb (18) before a
preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY — The
Green Bay Packers have some good news about their injury-stricken
Randall Cobb hopes
to be back for the season opener on Sept. 13 against the Chicago
Bears after spraining his shoulder in a preseason game last week
"I don't plan
on missing a game. I'm going to do everything I can to get
back," he said Tuesday.
returned to practice after being cleared from a concussion from the
first day of camp in late July. Abbrederis is way behind the other
receivers in practice, though he is slated to play in the final
preseason game Thursday against New Orleans.
helps a week after losing top receiver Jordy Nelson to a
season-ending right knee injury.
Cobb, a five-year
veteran, fell hard on his right side and had another player land on
him while trying to make a catch on Green Bay's first drive Saturday
Coach Mike McCarthy
shot down questions about injuries before practice on Tuesday. His
focus appeared to be trained on looming decisions about roster cuts
and the final preseason game.
But the sight of
Cobb standing behind the offense or watching receiver drills was a
pleasant development for Packers fans on the last day of open
practice in training camp. He did not wear a sling or any other
protective gear on his shoulder.
The swelling still
needs to go down, he said.
everything in my power to get back before (the season opener), but
we still don't know severity," Cobb said. "It definitely
is a lot better then what we all thought it was in the
Any practice time
helps develop familiarity. Then again, Cobb has proven he can step
right into the lineup and be effective after a long layoff. He
missed 10 weeks in 2013 with a leg injury before returning in the
regular season finale to catch the winning touchdown against the
Bears with 38 seconds left.
"He's to the
point now where I think he could mentally prepare himself and come
out and be ready to go on Sunday," quarterbacks and receivers
coach Alex Van Pelt said.
Getting to stretch
in pads with his teammates alone could have made Abbrederis smile on
a hot afternoon. He darted around the field and dove for balls in
"I'm glad it
looked like that because I was dying," he joked. "I was
excited to be back out there, definitely."
An in-state native,
Abbrederis is a fan favorite after playing his college ball at
Wisconsin, where he went from walk-on to one of the program's best
But Abbrederis has
been hampered by injuries since being drafted in the fifth round by
the Packers in 2014. Last season, Abbrederis tore his right ACL
early in training camp. This year, the concussion set him back.
"He laid out
for a ball today, went face first into the ground, popped right back
up," Van Pelt said. "We kind of joked about it and said,
'OK, you passed your test, now you're good to go.'"
didn't think it would take him so long to be cleared from a
concussion, he expressed gratitude to the Packers for their
diligence in making sure he was OK.
spoke with former Wisconsin teammate and San Francisco 49ers
linebacker Chris Borland, who retired after his rookie season citing
concern about head trauma over a career.
take as many hard shots as linebackers, Abbrederis said, so
"it's totally different but it was nice talking to him and get
that confidence in myself to go out there so I'm not worried about
NOTES: Rookie WR Ty
Montgomery (hamstring), backup CB Demetri Goodson (knee) and
starting ILB Sam Barrington (ankle) missed practice. ... Nelson was
placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday with teams
required to trim rosters to 75 players. WRs Javess Blue and Jimmie
Hunt were designated waived/injured. Released were QB Matt
Blanchard, WR James Butler, LB Adrian Hubbard, DB Kyle Sebetic and
TE Harold Spears.