Randall Cobb injury update: Packers WR expected to return vs. 49ers

Randall Cobb is set to make a timely return for the Packers’ divisional round game against the 49ers on Saturday.

The veteran receiver hasn’t played since undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury following the Week 12 game against the Rams. Nearly two months later, Cobb is expected to return to the field to potentially help lead his team to a Super Bowl.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Wednesday that he gave Cobb a “green light” to return after the 31-year-old practiced with the team last week. The Packers’ first-round bye helped Cobb’s comeback timeline.

Based on Cobb’s latest practices, LaFleur said the receiver looks great and he anticipates he’ll be ready for Saturday.

Cobb will join wide receivers Davante Adams (1,553 receiving yards) and Allen Lazard (513) as Aaron Rodgers’ top three targets. This is Cobb’s ninth season with Rodgers and the Packers. He left the organization the last two years, playing for the Cowboys and Texans, but returned to Green Bay this season.

Through the 11 games Cobb has played this season so far, he has caught 28 of 39 targets for 375 yards and five touchdowns.

While the news about Cobb is good, the Packers are still waiting to see if they will get wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling back by Saturday as he has been dealing with a back injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday.