Packers’ Cobb out 6-8 weeks, Jones could play Sunday

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Randall Cobb and Nick Perry have joined Clay Matthews on the Green Bay Packers’ growing list of key players who are injured and will be out of action.

Cobb will miss 6-to-8 weeks with a fractured fibula, as first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and confirmed in other reports.

All that Packers coach Mike McCarthy would definitively say Monday afternoon about Cobb is that he’ll be out “multiple weeks.”

Cobb was injured in the second quarter of Green Bay’s Week 6 win in Baltimore when he was hit near his knee by Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam — a hit that Aaron Rodgers took issue with both after the play and in his post-game press conference. Cobb, who is the Packers’ leading receiver, immediately clutched his knee. He was carted to the locker room but later returned to the sideline with crutches.

“I appreciate everyone for all the love & support. Thank The Lord we bit a bullet w/ what it could’ve been,” Cobb noted on his Twitter page. 

Perry, Green Bay’s first-round pick in 2012, was injured less than one minute later in the game when he sacked Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and forced a fumble on the play. There are two reports that Perry broke his foot, but the Packers have only termed it as a foot injury thus far.

“(Perry) does not have a chance to play this week,” McCarthy said. “Timetable, we’ll know more of that (later).”

McCarthy admitted that it “was a bit of a surprise” when Perry’s name was on his injury list Monday. Perry returned to the game after sitting out a few drives and didn’t seem to be overly bothered by an injury to his foot.

Despite those two pieces of bad news, Green Bay may have gotten somewhat lucky with the knee injury that wide receiver James Jones suffered in the game. Jones left in the first quarter against Baltimore and did not return, but it may not keep him out any longer than that.

“James, my understanding is he may have a chance (to play),” McCarthy said.

Jones has a sprained PCL in his left knee, according to ESPN.

These injuries are in addition to Matthews missing another month or so as the star outside linebacker recovers from a Bennett’s fracture in his right thumb that was surgically operated on last week. The Packers have also spent all season so far without cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring), who was the third-place finisher in the NFL’s Rookie Defensive Player of the Year race last season. Starting inside linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) missed this week’s game and backup running back James Starks — who rushed for more than 100 yards in Week 2 — has been out the past two games.

“I think everything in the game of football is about managing the components in the game that you can control, and injury is probably at the forefront of that list,” McCarthy said. “Your attitude, your outlook, your approach, your training — everything goes into that. Injuries are clearly the toughest part, I know particularly in my job.

“There’s a lot that goes into it. There’s a lot of conversations and ultimately these players, what they put their bodies through the personal sacrifice, but it is a component of our game that you can’t control. I’ve never let it bog me down. But when you sit there and you’re trying to get from a 53 to a 46, which you do every Monday and Tuesday as you go into your game plan meetings, there’s some guesswork to this and this is definitely one of those weeks.”

McCarthy didn’t make any excuses and instead focused on how the players lower on the depth chart have a chance to make a name for themselves. Third-string inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore was proof of that against the Ravens in his first career start with two tackles for loss.

“When injuries happen, I look at it as you have to flip the page,” McCarthy said. “It’s like anything in life, are you going to cry about it or are you going to look at it as an opportunity to improve? Really, these injury situations are opportunities for our younger players — young players or any player on our roster, to jump up and take the rope.

“We don’t really look at it as, the guy in front of you goes down, now it’s next man up. That next man needs to be ready just as much as the guy in front of him. That’s where the competition comes from. That’s where the growth comes. That’s why you draft and develop.

“The development of these players to get ready to play in these games doesn’t start this week because the guy in front of him went down. That started the day they walked in here April 15. That’s always been our plan. That’s our program. It’s worked and it will continue to work. This week we have to go out and do that against the Cleveland Browns. That’s just who we are.”

Packers players were given the day off Monday and therefore were not available to the media.

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