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Green Bay Packers Randall Cobb underwent ankle surgery last month

After the team's first training camp practice, Cobb revealed he underwent surgery to remove cartilage from the ankle six weeks ago.


Reuters Last Updated at 28 Jul 2018, 04:07 IST United States

Randall Cobb was seen sporting a boot on his right ankle more than a month ago, and the Green Bay Packers receiver ended the suspense on Friday.

After the team's first training camp practice, Cobb revealed he underwent surgery to remove cartilage from the ankle six weeks ago.

Cobb, entering his eighth NFL season, said he spent five days in a cast and a week in a walking boot prior to ramping up his rehab. He began running three weeks ago and says the pain he felt during the spring is now alleviated.

"We went back and looked -- I had a scan on it last year during OTAs, so I don't know if it was something that was lingering from then or not, but it didn't show anything on my MRI or my X-ray but obviously I was feeling something, so we took care of it," Cobb told reporters. "I feel much better than I did before. I feel like I can move a lot better. I'm not having that throbbing pain that I had, so definitely looking forward to this year."

The 27-year-old Cobb displayed his speed was back on the very first play of practice when he caught a deep pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy certainly took note of the opening salvo.

"He looks great," McCarthy told reporters. "I think the first call, the first play ... where the ball goes deep to Randall, I think that tells you the kind of shape (and) his health status."

Next on the agenda is picking up his production. Cobb had 66 receptions for 653 yards and four touchdowns last season. The 9.9 average per catch was a career low.

Cobb earned a four-year, $40 million deal after establishing career highs of 91 receptions, 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. Nagging injuries have hounded him since, and a solid bounce-back campaign would aid his negotiating power.

The Packers parted ways with former top wideout Jordy Nelson in the offseason, so there is room for Cobb to catch more passes. Davante Adams, who signed a four-year, $58 million extension last December, is forecast to be Green Bay's top receiver this season.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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