Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) runs on to the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Gpg Randall Cobb 12122021 0015

The Green Bay Packers currently have the best record in the NFL and are in the driver’s seat for the top spot in the NFC. Thanks to Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, and the rest of their stars, the team is in a great position to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010.

That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t love to shore up their ranks and have all of their weapons available when the playoffs come. That’s what must have made it exciting for them to have wide receiver Randall Cobb back at practice on Thursday.

“A surprise here in Green Bay: Randall Cobb is back at practice after having core muscle surgery about a month ago,” The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman wrote. “He’s been designated to return off IR. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is also back (first one in this video) from the reserve/COVID-19 list.”

Cobb, who rejoined the Packers this offseason, was placed on the Injured Reserve list three weeks ago and underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury. It was assumed he might be done for the regular season, though he could recover in time to return for the playoffs. However, it looks like it’s entirely possible he could play before then, helping the Packers shore up their postseason rankings and earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Cobb caught 28 passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns before he was injured. At the time that was second on the team in receptions and tied for first in touchdowns. If he does return to the lineup before the playoffs, the chances that Green Bay can lock in the top seed in the NFC just improved, as if they needed it.

[Matt Schneidman]

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