Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

Randall Cobb's two receptions went for 51 yards in the Packers' Wild Card loss to San Francisco.

The Packers used Cobb on returns, but he was mixed in sparingly on offense as Green Bay's primary three-wide package had Jarrett Boykin and James Jones lined up outside with Jordy Nelson at slot receiver. Still just two games removed from returning from a broken leg, Cobb was ostensibly deemed not ready for full-time duties by club Dr. Pat McKenzie. Cobb still made his presence felt on a broken fourth-down play where Aaron Rodgers busted out of a sack and found Cobb down the right sideline for 26. Cobb gained 25 more yards on a fourth-quarter catch down the left side, beating 49ers FS Eric Reid. Only 23 years old, Cobb has a chance to be a value pick in 2014 fantasy drafts after an injury-decimated 2013 campaign. He'll be in the hunt for 100 catches next season.

Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

Randall Cobb is absent from the Wild Card round injury report.

It's a sign the Packers are ready to unleash Cobb after he caught two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Bears. He'll be a fine option in daily leagues.

Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

Randall Cobb (leg) played on 37-of-78 snaps (47.4 percent) in the Week 17 win over the Bears.

Coming off an 11-week absence, Cobb operated mostly out of the slot and turned two targets into a 2/55/2 line. Expect a bigger role against the 49ers Sunday. During the first four games of the season, Cobb played on 92.0 percent of the snaps and averaged 10.0 targets per day. He's not even listed on this week's injury report.

Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

Randall Cobb caught two passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns in Green Bay's Week 17 win over the Bears.

That's one way to announce your return from an 11-week absence. Cobb was nowhere to be found on the Packers' first two drives, but surfaced on the third. He mostly served as a decoy, with his catches serving as his lone targets. Of course, both those targets went for scores, the second of which gave the Packers a 33-28 lead with 0:38 remaining that they would not relinquish. Cobb got behind the entire defense as the Bears sent the house on fourth down. Cobb should have a much bigger role against the 49ers in the Wild Card round.

Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

Randall Cobb (leg) is active for Week 17 against the Bears.

As are Eddie Lacy (ankle) and Aaron Rodgers (collarbone). Cobb will almost certainly be on a snap count, but figures to be unleashed in the playoffs if the Pack can win today's NFC North championship game. Inactive for the Packers are WR Chris Harper, CB Jumal Rolle, LB Clay Matthews, LB Brad Jones, OG Lane Taylor, G/C JC Tretter and DE C.J. Wilson.

Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

FOX's Jay Glazer confirms Randall Cobb (leg) will be active for Sunday's Week 17 game at Chicago.

The Packers didn't take Cobb off short-term IR for fun. Their explosive slot receiver and return man is going to suit up for this NFC North title game and contribute in any way he can. We're expecting limited offensive snaps, leading to a No. 56 fantasy ranking among wideouts.

Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

Packers activated WR Randall Cobb from injured reserve/designated to return.

Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms "there's a very good chance" Randall Cobb (leg, short-term I.R.) will be activated for Week 17 against the Bears.

Cobb practiced with the first-team offense this week and didn't suffer any setbacks. He should be available for a limited role in Sunday's NFC North championship, but will almost certainly be on a snap count. Cobb is unlikely to make a major impact in the passing game and can't be trusted as a daily-league option.

Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Randall Cobb (leg, short-term I.R.) looked like "a guy who might be playing sooner, rather than later" at Friday's practice.

Cobb practiced with the Packers' offense, seeming to "to run and cut on a dime with relative ease." Cobb is not expected to play a full complement of snaps in Week 17 against the Bears, but could definitely make an impact on limited playing time and resume his normal role in the first round of the playoffs. At this point, we expect him to be activated from short-term I.R. on Saturday.

Randall Cobb WR GB 7 Months

Speaking Thursday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy hinted Randall Cobb (leg, I.R./recall) will return for Sunday's game against the Bears.

"(Cobb had a) very good day today," McCarthy said after Thursday's practice. "Will be evaluated tomorrow. Took a step. Was very positive." At the very least, it sounds like Cobb will be activated off I.R./recall and serve in a limited role for Sunday's NFC North championship game. Everything is falling into place for the Packers during their unlikely playoff push. Cobb's status will be updated Friday.