this Nov. 28, 2010 file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback
Aaron Rodgers (12) warms-up prior to a NFL football game at the
Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Green Bay Packers sure haven’t
been generous in sharing their hold on the NFC North. Befitting
of their publicly owned status in by far the smallest market in
American professional sports, the Packers have been as steady of
a franchise as there is with nine of the 13 division titles
since the NFC North was formed in the league’s latest
realignment in 2002.
GREEN BAY — Aaron
Rodgers got the gang back together at practice for the Green Bay
Receiver Randall Cobb
is playing through some pain, but his sprained right shoulder is well
enough that he returned to practice on Wednesday. James Jones is
wearing green and gold again after re-signing with the Packers earlier
Just in time for the
season opener on Sunday against the NFC North rival Chicago Bears.
think is the biggest thing," the NFL MVP said about Jones'
return. "James has done it in a game for years, he's done it in
practice many times as well. That's how the continuity starts with the
Rodgers might as well
have been talking about Cobb, too.
The return of Jones
gives Rodgers another veteran target to accompany Cobb in the
receiving corps following the season-ending right knee injury to Jordy
Nelson in the preseason. With 383 career receptions in eight seasons,
Jones becomes the most tenured veteran in an otherwise young position
group. Cobb, who is entering his fifth season, has 227 career catches.
After Cobb and Jones,
the next most experienced receiver on the roster was Davante Adams,
who had 38 catches in his promising rookie campaign in 2014.
Rodgers doesn't think
it will take long to re-establish a rapport with Jones.
"I think it
might take a little bit to get back with the terminology, the route
running and stuff," Rodgers said. "Completed a lot of passes
to him, a lot of touchdowns, so I feel good about him being out
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.
The initial depth
chart listed Cobb and Adams as the starters, with rookie Ty Montgomery
backing Cobb and Jones behind Adams. The Packers often go with
Cobb was a limited
participant in practice on Wednesday. The receiver said he worked
through some team drills where he was able to get contact on the
shoulder that he hurt during the preseason loss on Aug. 29 to
Cobb missed practice
last week — no use playing in the last preseason game while hurt.
Now with the real season here, Cobb is testing out different ways to
add extra protection for the shoulder.
"I'm going to do
my best to fall a certain way and fall the right way. But I can't help
if a guy lands on top of me. I'm going to do everything I can to
protect myself," Cobb said.
He doesn't know how
the long pain might linger. But he is determined to play.
"I'm going to
have moments, I'm sure," Cobb said. "But I'll push through
it and I'll find a way."
Cobb's injury is
another reason why the return of Jones was crucial for the Packers. If
Cobb needs to sit out a series or two, the Packers don't have to rely
solely on Adams, Montgomery or another second-year player, Jeff Janis
When Cobb is on the
field, the experienced Jones can assist Adams in making defenses at
least think twice about doubling Cobb or rolling coverage in Cobb's
"We have to get
into the game and continue to work and try to get this thing on the
right page," Jones said of his rapport with Rodgers. "For
the first day, it was really good."
NOTES: Besides Cobb,
LB Sam Barrington was limited with an ankle injury. S Morgan Burnett
was in uniform but did not participate. He was late scratch from the
last week's preseason finale against the Saints with a calf injury.
... The entire starting offensive line practiced together for the
first time in weeks. All but C Corey Linsley had a variety of
ailments. G. T.J. Lang was the most notable return after missing a
couple weeks with a concussion.
GREEN BAY —
Receiver Randall Cobb has returned to practice for the Green Bay
Packers after missing the last week of the preseason with a sprained
Rodgers' top receiver took part in special teams and position drills
during a portion of practice open to media on Wednesday. Cobb was hurt
on Aug. 29 during a preseason loss to Philadelphia.
Coach Mike McCarthy
had said he expected all 53 players on the active roster to practice
as Green Bay gets ready for the season opener on Sunday against the
Guard T.J. Lang
(concussion) also returned to practice. Safety Morgan Burnett did not
participate in the open part of practice. Burnett sat out the last
preseason game with a calf injury.