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Packers-Lions Wednesday Injury Report: Cobb sits to rehab ankle, Slay returns to practice for Detroit

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Key players for both the Packers and Lions sat out their team’s Wednesday’s practices, but Detroit got one important player back on the field.

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The Green Bay Packers would like to have the services of slot receiver Randall Cobb when they take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday night; as a result, they held the sixth-year pro out of practice on Wednesday as he continues to work his way back from an ankle injury.

Cobb sat out last week’s game against the Vikings with the injury, and the Packers filled his role by playing Jordy Nelson more in the slot and lining up Geronimo Allison wide. That plan led to excellent results, with the two receivers combining for over 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

On the other side of Lake Michigan, the Lions are dealing with an injury to a player who would normally be critical to the containment of the Packers’ receivers: top cornerback Darius Slay. Like Cobb, Slay was out last week, though his issue is to a hamstring. Unlike Cobb, however, Slay did practice on Wednesday, though he was limited. However, in case Slay cannot play this week, the Lions signed a cornerback on Tuesday, adding Crezdon Butler to the roster from free agency. If that name sounds familiar, it is because he broke up a potentially game-tying two-point conversion attempt from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams last season at Lambeau Field.

The biggest name sitting out practice for the Lions today was running back Theo Riddick, who has been inactive for the past three games.

Here’s the full injury report for both teams on Wednesday.

Packers Injury Report

Did Not Participate

  • WR Randall Cobb (ankle)
  • RB Christine Michael (not injury related)
  • OLB Julius Peppers (not injury related/old)
  • RB James Starks (concussion)

Limited Participation

  • OLB Jayrone Elliott (hand)
  • G T.J. Lang (foot)
  • C/G JC Tretter (knee)

Full Participation

  • OT Bryan Bulaga (shoulder)
  • CB LaDarius Gunter (elbow)
  • OLB Clay Matthews (shoulder)
  • OLB Nick Perry (hand)
  • CB Damarious Randall (shoulder)
  • QB Aaron Rodgers (calf)

Lions Injury Report

Did Not Participate

  • RB Theo Riddick (wrist)
  • WR Andre Roberts (shoulder)

Limited Participation

  • LB DeAndre Levy (knee)
  • CB Darius Slay (hamstring)
  • C Travis Swanson (concussion)

Full Participation

  • S Miles Killebrew (eye)
  • QB Matthew Stafford (right finger)