Randall Cobb WR GB 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 Months

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

Randall Cobb WR GB 4 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 4 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 4 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.

Randall Cobb WR GB 4 Months

Randall Cobb (leg, I.R./recall) practiced in pads Thursday.

Cobb remains on injured reserve/designated to return, but the signs are beginning to point to a Week 17 return. Cobb would almost certainly be on a snap count as the Pack attempt to win the de-facto NFC North championship game, but it's possible he'd then be ready to go full tilt for the playoffs. Considering his price and likely lack of snaps, Cobb won't be a compelling daily-league option if he's active against the Bears.

Randall Cobb WR GB 4 Months

According to NFL Network, Randall Cobb (leg) has a "real chance" to return for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Ian Rapoport says Cobb was "very close" to playing in Week 16. He's expected to ramp up his reps in practice this week with an eye on being active for a limited role in this winner take all matchup against Chicago. If Cobb is active, we'd expect to see him in the return game and as a slot man on passing downs. He'd be a bigger boost to the Packers than Week 17 fantasy owners.

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Randall Cobb's (leg, short-term I.R.) practice participation will be increased this week.

The Packers haven't even activated Cobb from I.R. yet, but that could be coming if he's deemed well enough to play at least a handful of snaps in Week 17 against the Bears. "Randall (Cobb) is going to practice more," McCarthy said. "... We will up his practice reps on Thursday." Cobb could perhaps be an impact player in the playoffs, though Green Bay needs to get that far first.