The Green Bay Packers (3-2) will have to move on this week at least a couple of key players. Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry (foot) does "not have a chance to play this week" and wide receiver Randall Cobb (knee) will be out for "multiple weeks", according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
The official injury report is not released until Wednesday and McCarthy decided not to confirm whether Perry or Cobb's injuries are season-ending. McCarthy also had no comment on the details of both injuries.
Cobb caught four passes for 53 yards in the 19-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens (3-3) on Sunday before suffering a knee-injury after a low hit from Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam. Losing Cobb, arguably the Packers most dynamic offensive playmaker, is a devastating blow for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company.
In about four and a half games of action this season, Cobb caught 29 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 78 yards on the ground.
Perry reportedly broke his foot in the win over the Ravens this past weekend. In the win, Perry recorded a sack and forced a fumble which was recovered by the Packers and led to a Mason Crosby field goal at the end of the first half. McCarthy, who did not confirm that Perry broke his foot, said Perry's injury was "a surprise" and he didn't expect it.
The Packers are already extremely thin at all the linebacker positions, as All-Pro Clay Matthews is currently recovering from a broken thumb injury.
Pending any further roster moves, Mike Neal, along with rookies Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer are the only three true outside linebackers the Packers currently have on their 53-man roster.
Perry has three sacks in the last two games and the Packers have registered 14 sacks as a team in their last three games. Green Bay doesn't have any linebackers on their practice squad who they could promote to the 53-man roster either.
The Packers could potentially explore the idea of putting rookie Datone Jones as a rush outside-linebacker or moving inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore outside once veteran Brad Jones returns to the field. Jones is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in a week four win over the Detroit Lions (4-2).
Lattimore could make more sense at outside linebacker than people may think. Despite his thin frame (6'2, 237), Lattimore was the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year at Middle Tennessee State his senior year after registering 15 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. In the win over the Ravens, Lattimore recorded two tackles for loss.
Fellow Packers' wide receiver James Jones suffered a sprained PCL in the win over the Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McCarthy said Jones' knee injury isn't as serious as first indicated and he has a chance to play this weekend, good news for a team quickly thinning at the wide receiver position.
With Cobb's injury, the Packers will likely promote undrafted rookie Myles White from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. White has comparable size (6', 182), athleticism and abilities similar to Cobb to help fill the slot receiver position in Green Bay's offense.
The Packers could potentially bring back free agent wide receiver Jeremy Ross. The Packers had released Ross one day after their week three loss against the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) earlier this season, as Ross fumbled a kickoff return in the game.
McCarthy said he hasn't made a decision on future roster moves. At wide receiver, if Jones is unable to play this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns (3-3), the Packers would only have Jarrett Boykin and Jordy Nelson healthy at wide receiver.
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