After they lost their best defender, a couple running backs, and some other key players to injuries, you'd think the Green Bay Packers couldn't possibly have any more injuries. Now, two key wide receivers are out.
The Packers just can't catch a break. It's bad news week after week.
Linebacker Clay Matthews breaks his hand on a routine sack, out for several weeks. Nick Perry breaks his foot, out for a month. Now, the Packers' two best receivers this season are out.
James Jones and Randall Cobb, both playmakers and key roles to the Packer passing attack are out after their injuries Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Cobb's injury is much worse than Jones', however.
Cobb, already in his third year, but only 23, fractured his fibula Sunday on a rough hit by Ravens' defender Matt Elam. Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers was quick to yell at the Ravens players for the hit.
Cobb will be out 6-8 weeks. Just today, the Packers placed him on the injured reserve list with the designation of returning. The earliest he could return would be Dec. 15.
For Jones, it's a much lesser injury. Jones got his leg tangled while blocking. It lead to a PCL sprain. Jones could still play this week.
Instead of making any quick decisions, the Packers are addressing the outbreak of injuries at quite the slow pace.
Today's designation for Cobb to the IR-designated to return list freed up a roster spot for practice squad WR Myles White to be added to the 53-man roster.
So, the Packers really only have two healthy options at wide receiver, Jordy Nelson and Jarret Boykin.
They'll have to use tight end Jermichael Finley as a receiver and need to rely on the run more than ever before.
It's devastating news for a team that has been primarily pass for quite some time now. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson finally did add two running backs to the roster in 2013, and the Packers will need to lean on them, at least until Cobb comes back.
If White has been doing his homework and studying the playbook, he could get action as early as this upcoming Sunday. If not, the Packers will need to make some adjustments on offense.