GREEN BAY – Randall Cobb’s knees were feeling good enough Sunday that they didn’t buckle when fellow wide receiver jokingly pushed at them from behind while Cobb spoke with reporters.
The Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver, who suffered bruises on both knees on a kickoff return against Arizona on Aug. 19, returned to practice in full on Sunday and expects to play against New Orleans on Thursday night in the NFL season opener.
“I feel pretty good. I practiced today, moving forward, taking it day-by-day still as far as listening to the training room and whatever they (decide),” Cobb said as Jones crawled behind him and pushed at the back of each knee with cameras rolling. “It’s frustrating. As a competitor, I want to go out and play, regardless of what it is. I didn’t want to miss any preseason games, I didn’t want to miss any practice. But sometimes you have to do things for the long run, and the doctors and the training staff thought that was the best decision, so we followed their order and what they said.”
Cobb also said the team’s listing of him as both the primary kickoff and punt returner on the unofficial depth chart is not a misprint. Fellow rookie Alex Green, a running back, had appeared to be the leading candidate for the kickoff return job, especially after Cobb’s injury.
“We both have the ability to return, so I guarantee you you’ll probably see both of us in the game doing that at some point,” Cobb said of kickoff returns. “Going forward, I don’t know who’ll be in, but we’re both expected to do what we’re supposed to do when we’re in.
“I’m just trying to do as much as I can to help this team in any way, shape or form. If that’s on special teams, as a receiver, whatever they call my number for is what I’ll do.”
The four other receivers who sat out the preseason finale on Thursday night – Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson and Jones – all returned to practice as well Sunday. However, even though the Packers treated Sunday like a normal in-season Wednesday, the NFL did not require them to issue an injury report.
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