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Report: Randall Cobb has 'good chance' to play in season opener

Green Bay's top receiver should return soon from his shoulder injury.

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The Green Bay Packers got a major scare Saturday when wideout Randall Cobb injured his shoulder trying to make a catch along the sideline. Though he did not return to the game, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports that tests conducted by team physician Dr. McKenzie suggest that the Pro Bowl receiver has a "good chance to be ready for the regular-season opener."

Any report suggesting an early return for Cobb represents great news for the Packers, who already lost Pro Bowler Jordy Nelson for the year to a torn ACL. Without Cobb, second-year wideout Davante Adams would have assumed the No. 1 role in the offense. While Adams possesses tremendous potential and may become that player down the line, few 22-year-olds can handle that burden.

Given that Green Bay's medical staff has historically taken a conservative approach with injuries, there's no guarantee Cobb suits up when the team takes on the Chicago Bears on September 13. Still, the Packers don't expect their top receiver to miss much time, a fortunate break for a team that has gotten few this preseason.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.