Week 6 Injury Impact: Packers could be without Randall Cobb for 4-8 weeks
Here’s the latest on Sunday’s most prominent injuries.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers (knee): Cobb looked like he would be out for a while after a tackle by Ravens safety Matt Elam — he was on crutches after the win over Baltimore. Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Cobb might miss a couple weeks, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that Cobb might miss 6-8 weeks because his fibula was nearly broken all the way through — a report that ESPN seemed to agree with later in the day. It’s a huge blow for a Packers offense that was relying more and more on Cobb as a centerpiece.
Nick Perry, OLB, Green Bay Packers (foot): The Packers were fortunate to get a big three-sack game from ILB A.J. Hawk in their win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, because they’ll be without two of their primary pass-rushers for a while. Clay Matthews will miss about a month with a thumb injury suffered against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 6, and Perry — who amassed three sacks in his last two games — reportedly broke his foot against the Ravens and could be out for a month or more as well. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ creativity will certainly be tested over that time.
James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers (knee): Jones suffered a sprained PCL in the Ravens game and may be good to go against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7. The general consensus is that the Packers “dodged a bullet” with Jones’ injury. If not, expect Aaron Rodgers to target Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley even more against the Browns and Vikings over the next couple of weeks.
DeMarcus Ware, DE, Dallas Cowboys (quadricep): Multiple reports indicate that Ware will miss 3-4 weeks with a quadricep strain. Like the Packers, the Cowboys are now dealing with a defense sans two primary pass-rushers — Anthony Spencer was lost for the season with a knee injury in September.
DeMarco Murray, RB. Dallas Cowboys (knee): Murray sprained his left MCL against Washington on Sunday night and could miss next week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, per ESPN Dallas.
Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals (neck): This was a scary one. Campbell was down on the field, immobilized, and taken to a local hospital in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ Sunday loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He suffered a neck injury, and initial reports indicated that he was experiencing tingling in his extremities. Further reports said that Capbell was “sore, but okay,” and though he probably won’t play against the Seahawks this Thursday, his longer-term prognosis seems positive.
Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans (lower leg): Will Carroll, lead injury writer for Bleacher Report, has heard that the lower leg injury Schaub suffered against the St. Louis Rams is a high ankle sprain. However, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak hedged his bets when talking with the media on Monday.
“Matt is actually getting some injections as we speak,” Kubiak said. “Obviously, he’s very sore and beat up on the leg, ankle, everywhere. We’ll have to see where he’s at, but probably got a little bit lucky there.”
We’ll see how this goes, but T.J. Yates could well start for the Texans next Sunday against Kansas City’s impressive defense … which really isn’t a good thing, either.