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Cobb takes step toward return

Dec 11, 2013 -- 3:38pm
 
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Randall Cobb hasn't played since suffering a small fracture at the top of his tibia against Baltimore on 
 

GREEN BAY – Randall Cobb took a big step forward Tuesday. He did so by running.

The Green Bay Packers wide receiver, who suffered a fractured tibia in his right leg during the team’s Oct. 13 victory at Baltimore and since then has been on injured reserve with the designation for return, said Wednesday that he has been cleared for running – something that doctors were not allowing him to do last week.

Whether that leads to Cobb returning to the field before season’s end is unclear. In accordance with NFL rules on the IR-return label, Cobb is eligible to practice this week and play against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, but that appears to be unlikely. Cobb did not practice with the team Wednesday, instead continuing his rehabilitation.

However, now that he has been cleared to run, perhaps he will gain medical clearance in time to play in the team’s Dec. 22 game against Pittsburgh or the Dec. 29 regular-season finale at Chicago.

“I don’t have an announcement for you today,” coach Mike McCarthy said when asked about Cobb’s status. “He didn’t practice today. He’s still in the rehab. Same thing (as quarterback Aaron Rodgers). He has not been medically cleared.”

With rookie wide receiver Myles White having been placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury, the Packers have four wide receivers on the 53-man active roster as of now: Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin and Chris Harper. Harper has not played an offensive snap since joining the team.

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