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Randall Cobb off crutches, JC Tretter practices for first time

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 20, 2013 – 4:50 pm

WR Randall Cobb

WR Randall Cobb

Packers WR Randall Cobb is off crutches and has ditched the Segway he had been using to get around since taking a nasty hit that injured his leg in Baltimore back in Week 6.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday for the first time since the injury, Cobb didn’t give a timeline as to when he might be able to return to practice because he’s just getting back to walking and running.

On injured reserve with the designation to return, Cobb will be eligible to play for the first time at Dallas on Dec. 15, and he’s eligible to practice two weeks before that. But he wasn’t picking a return date of any kind.

“I can’t make that call right now,” said Cobb, who had 29 catches for 378 yards and two TDs when he got hurt. “Right now, today, I cannot play. I’m doing everything I can. I’m working my butt off in the rehab process, but this is something that needs time. It’s getting better. There’s still no timeline on when I can come back.”

Asked whether he thought the low hit on him by Ravens rookie S Matt Elam was dirty or unnecessary, Cobb didn’t enter the fray.

“It was what it was,” he said. “I’m just happy my teammates stuck up for me the way they did. I think they said enough.”

In other injury news, rookie offensive lineman JC Tretter practiced for the first time since the first OTA workout back in the spring, when he broke a bone in his lower leg.

Tretter has been on the physically unable to perform list, and Wednesday was the last possible day for him to begin practicing without being shut down for the year. He can now practice for three weeks without counting against the 53-man roster, and at that point the Packers will decide whether to activate him or keep him on PUP for the remainder of the year.

Given he’s a rookie who had no OTAs or training camp work, it would seem a longshot for Tretter to reach active status this season, but he’s not giving up hope.

“It all depends,” he said. “This whole time I’ve taken everything week by week and day by day, and that’s not going to change. We have three weeks – 19 days – to finally make a decision by the end of it, but we’re not going to change what we’ve been doing, and that’s been making smart decisions, doing everything the right way. The last thing you want is a setback at this stage.

“You have to have faith in yourself and you have to set goals for yourself that, sometimes they might not be reachable, but you have to think they are.”

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